Those strolling around Washington D.C. on Wednesday may have caught a glimpse of a living nativity traveling from the Supreme Court House to the U.S. Capitol Building. The display was put on by a group called Faith & Liberty in order to share the Gospel story.
According to Faith & Liberty’s YouTube channel, the living nativity, which the group has performed for the last 12 years, has been a witnessing tool to those in our nation’s capital.
“For over a decade, our dedicated team has brought Christmas to life in the heart of the U.S. Capitol by reenacting the nativity with full costumes, live animals, and even a beautiful baby to remind us of Jesus himself,” a promotional video stated.
“This year, we will again be journeying around Capitol Hill in culminating in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to recreate the manger scene at Bethlehem all those years ago.”
The living nativity started at 11 a.m. on East Plaza and finished in between the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court building. The display included Mary, Joseph, shepherds, three wise men, and a baby Jesus. Those who participated sang, prayed, and read the Christmas story from Matthew’s gospel.
CBN News reported that Faith & Liberty’s living nativity is “a reminder to Christians across the country they have every legal right to put on such scenes outside their local government facilities. All they usually need is a permit.”
But more importantly, the group is an outreach ministry to federal government officials. Its headquarters is located just 10 minutes from the White House. This allows it to have an immediate impact on the country’s leaders.
Faith & Liberty’s main goal is to minister to officials within the Judicial Branch first, followed by members of the Executive Branch. From there, they extend their influence by reaching out to members of Congress.
Faith & Liberty says it’s “an evangelistic ministry, taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nation’s top elected and appointed officials.”
Their mission statement is as follows: “To bring the Word of God to bear on the hearts and minds of those that make public policy in America.” They accomplish this task by praying and preaching. They also provide pastoral care for those who request it.
“Much of our ministry work is conducted behind-the-scenes due to the positions held by those to whom we minister,” the website reads.
“We are very effective in this type of ministry, but we also have programs that constitute our main public ministry each year: Live Nativity, National Prayer Service, Flowers for the Unborn Memorial and Day-Break Prayer at the U.S. Supreme Court.”