It was supposed to be a shining moment for
proponents of the interfaith movement.
The Islamic “jummah,” or Friday call to prayer,
would be held on America’s grandest Christian stage – the National Cathedral in
It was a bold move that had never been tried.
Leaders of the Episcopal cathedral said sending prayers up to Allah from a
Christian church would show the world that two religions at odds with each
other for centuries could “approach the same God” as one body of believers.
The stage was set. The prayer rugs were neatly
arranged facing Mecca. The lights shone down on the imam for his opening
Not so fast.
Mosaic and Cross, National Cathedral, Washington DC
Christine Weick, a 50-year-old Michigan woman
with flowing blonde hair who lives out of her car, rose from the packed
National Cathedral, the hall of halls in terms of religious prominence in
America, and moved toward the front of the church.
She pointed to the cross hanging overhead.
That cross seemed to be the one thing nobody
wanted to look at, she told WND Saturday in an exclusive interview.
The Muslims had set up their prayer rugs in such
a way that their backs were turned on the cross, which they consider an alien
religious symbol. Jesus was a prophet but was not the son of God and never died
on a Roman cross, according to Muslim teaching. Yet, they found themselves
staring at a woman who demanded the cross become the center of attention. She
then blurted out the message she had traveled all the way from Tennessee to
“Jesus Christ died on that cross. It is the
reason we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior,” she
said. “We have built enough of your mosques in this country. Why don’t you
worship in your mosques and leave our churches alone?”
Christine removed for daring to speak the truth for Jesus Christ
She immediately heard voices in the crowd
yelling for security.
“Black coat, white scarf, blonde hair!” yelled
one. “We need to get her out of here now!” someone else cried out.
“They were yelling for security, and by that
point I was already done saying what I came to say,” Weick told WND.
She was promptly escorted out of the sanctuary
by two men in suits, who handed her off to a police officer.
She had instantly become a folk hero of sorts
for thousands, if not millions, of Christians who read what happened or watched
the video that was posted on the Internet.
(Yes, Christine! You are now a hero in MY sight too, and thank GOD for women like YOU in this day of compromise in the Church!-PRS)
Now Weick wants everyone to know that she did
not get arrested and she is safely back in her SUV, heading back to Tennessee.
“It was quite an overwhelming day yesterday,”
National Cathedral, Washington DC
And while she was lauded for her bravery, she
confided she was “literally scared to death” as she waited for the right moment
to stand up and proclaim the gospel message.
“They never said a word to me. Two guys came up
and got me. I remember one large man in a suit taking me by the arm, very
strongly but he did not hurt me,” she said.
“He just put an arm on me and said, ‘We are
walking this way.’ Then comes the police officer, and I’m thinking, ‘OK I’m
done.’ I’m still in the sanctuary at this point, so I put out my hands for the
officer to arrest me, but he just held my hand and walked me to the back of the
DC police at National Cathedral
“He handed me over to a woman officer, who takes
me to the front doors of the church. She hands me to another officer, who takes
me to another officer in the foyer, who takes me out to the road. Not one of
them said a word. I was free to go.”
She said she told the last officer who led her
to the road to have a good day, to which he gave no response. She returned to
her vehicle and soon afterward drove home.
Except she doesn’t have a home. She said her
husband divorced her last year “over a spiritual conflict,” and her family
disowned her because she took a stand against same-sex marriage and other
Weick said she learned
of the Muslim prayer service two days before it was scheduled to happen through
an article posted on the Drudge Report.
The more she thought about it, she felt the Lord was telling her to go to
Washington and say something.
Islamic call to prayer in National Cathedral November 14, 2014
“My blood began to boil as I
read the comments of how this is to be such a wonderful event and how religious
tolerance can, for the first time, be shown in our nation’s capital,” she said.
Still, she had nervous doubts about making the
400-mile trip from Kingsport, Tennessee.
“That article got my attention. And then I
Googled the Washington National Cathedral, and I got more information about the
service,” she said.
She found out from the cathedral’s website that
the event was for “invited guests only.”
“That’s when I knew I had to be creative, and so
did God,” she said.
She wasn’t sure what type of creativity would be
required or even if she was doing the right thing as she headed out on the road
to D.C. In fact, she almost turned around.
sign of confirmation
“I was driving there on my way from Tennessee,
and I’ve got a lot of doubts in my mind: Am I going to make a fool of myself?
Am I going to be in jail for the weekend?”
But as she drove down the highway in the right
lane, she passed a woman.
“There’s this woman stepping out of her vehicle
on the side of the road, clapping and giving me two thumbs up, and I’m like,
‘That was the strangest thing,’” she said. “The first thing that went through
my mind was, ‘That’s my confirmation right there.’ That’s all I needed, and
from that point on I knew this was something I’m going to do; and that was the
catapult that moved me to keep going towards Washington.”
She said she told only four people where she was
going and what she planned to do. She asked for prayer.
“I said I need you to pray for me, this is what
God has put in my bones to do,” she said. “It didn’t hit me until I got in the
cathedral and saw all the people and the cameras sitting on my right, and I’m
thinking, ‘This is a big deal. I am going to be put in jail!’”
She credits God for getting her into the massive
church, which was guarded like Fort Knox. Everyone had to go through a
checkpoint to make sure they weren’t armed or posed a threat.
“It was a God thing how I got past all that
security in the beginning. They never ID’d me, and I had brought my ID with me
just in case, and I thought that would be my downfall, being from Michigan,
that they would say, ‘What is she doing here?” Weick said. “According to
reports, this was a heavy security event. They checked every bag and every
person that walked in there. I bet some security people are in big trouble
She said she slipped through unnoticed, first by
following a security guard and then later by engaging in conversation alongside
a woman with press credentials.
“I just followed those security officers when
they were going from place to place. I just followed them,” she said. “It was
almost like they didn’t see me. Like I was invisible.”
in the bathroom
Weick got through the security line about 10:15
a.m., more than an hour and a half before the prayer service started. She
needed to lie low to avoid detection.
She noticed a janitor’s closet was left open
near the bathroom and briefly thought about hiding in it. But a fear of being
locked in persuaded her against that option.
She slipped into the bathroom instead.
“When I was in the bathroom hiding out, that’s
when it hit me: I think I’m invisible, I really wondered, the way it happened,
just strange, just totally strange; and someday I’m going to ask God how that
all worked out,” she said.
While hiding in the bathroom and waiting for the
service to start, she rehearsed over and over what she would say. She prayed
constantly, with emphasis on Psalm 27.
A woman was washing her hands at the sink as
Weick left the stall where she was hiding. The woman had a press tag on her
“I asked her if she knew what time the service
was to start and she replied, ‘In a few minutes. Do you know where to go?’ I
“Follow me and I will take you to the front,”
the woman said.
“I walked with her into the main foyer up to the
security line. We walked right past the guards and into the sanctuary! I was
Still, the butterflies fluttered in her stomach.
Bowing to a false god of Islam who cannot save
“As she took her seat she was shocked at what
she saw. About a hundred people were sitting in chairs around rugs that were
placed on the floor. Muslim women, separated from the men, were seated on the
rugs. To her right was the news media with their cameras and recording
equipment. In front of her were the prayer rugs.
“Then it hit me… I had such an angst come over
me. Seeing these Muslims sitting on their rugs ready to bow to a god, causing
such an abomination in the house of the Lord,” she said.
The imam said the call to prayer would begin
momentarily and spoke some words in Arabic.
Weick felt her heart thumping in her chest.
Jesus on the Cross, National Cathedral
“I prayed… ‘Lord! Tell me when!’ At that moment
I saw a figure of Christ on the cross some distance away. I stood up.
“I was so nervous; you’ll never know how scared
I was,” she said. “All I kept thinking was, ‘I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me; that’s my only strength.’ I could not do it through me. But
we have an amazing God. He shows his strength in my weakness. That’s my motto.”
She started to speak, firmly and loudly but not
out of control. What she said was not the same as what she had rehearsed in the
“I did not plan on those exact words coming out.
I was going to say it differently. I was planning to say, ‘I serve a risen
Savior, and Muhammad is dead.’ But I saw the cross and it just popped out of my
mouth. I was not going to say it that way. I rehearsed it the other way over
and over in the bathroom, because my biggest fear was making a fool of myself;
but it didn’t happen that way.”
Even if she had failed and made herself a fool,
it could not be more painful than what she has already gone through over the
past year, she said.
“I took a very strong stand on something last
year. My husband divorced me over it. It broke my heart. I have a lot of
heartache back home, a lot of hurt,” she said. “And I felt the Lord telling me,
‘You are going to go from place to place for me.’”
While she lives out of her car, she doesn’t
consider herself homeless.
“Don’t be sorry for me. I have a very nice SUV.
I go out to eat, I have a bank account,” she told WND. “I am just too Dutch to
pay 60 or 70 bucks for a hotel every night when I can spend my nights in my
car. And I travel every night from place to place, and that is what I was doing
when I saw the story in the Drudge Report.”
story on the prayer service drew hundreds of comments from
readers. Many lauded the lone, unidentified woman who stood up and rebuked what
they saw as a worship service to a false god inside a prominent American
Among the comments:
·“They shielded their
eyes from the Christian cross, but could not shield their ears from the
truthful words of this one brave woman.”
“We should all pray to
have the courage this woman displayed. The world needs it. Our nation
desperately needs it. Jesus Christ IS Lord.”
“I would speculate that
the brave woman who proclaimed the Gospel was the only Christian present– and
they threw her out,” commented a reader who quoted from John 16:2: “They will
put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills
you will think he is offering service to God.”
“Bless this woman! Jesus
Christ is the Messiah and Salvation for all that believe. Acts 4:12
automatically comes to mind. Islam and Christianity are opposed to each other,
no matter what any Pope, Priest and Cardinal says. You cannot deny the Son and
have the Father and Islam denies Jesus is the Son.”
But Weick said she did nothing outside of what
God gave her the strength to do, and she doesn’t see herself as any hero of the
faith. The weakest of Christians could easily do the same thing, she said.
“That’s why I posted on Facebook this morning. I
was like, ‘Come on Christian soldiers we need to fight, and we need to fight
using the gospel, the Word of God,’” she said. “There are Muslims everywhere,
just walk up to them and say, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’ Be brave.
“I’m hearing that many Muslims are getting
dreams. Maybe all it takes is one to have a dream after being told Jesus Christ
is Lord, I don’t know. That is God’s deal. Let Him work it out. We just need to
be bold in the Lord and we don’t need to be burning their mosques down, like
they burn our churches. We have the gospel and that is our only weapon we need.
Jesus is Lord, and we need to proclaim it, but how many times do we do it?”
But before Weick became bold, she was humbled.
“It was a situation in my life, how God yanked
every anchor in my life over the last five years, just everything that would
keep a normal woman, a normal mother, at home just got yanked out from under
me,” she said. “I have a son and a daughter, and they disowned me. I took a
stand against gay marriage and I lost them. That is my heartache. And it hurts
me so much. And I wonder what they think now when they see me on the news.”
Weick said she doesn’t know what her next
“assignment” will be, but she knows now she can tackle almost anything.
“I told the Lord last night, ‘OK, you can take
me now,’ but I don’t know,” she said. “I think He may have other plans for me,
per Jeremiah 29: 11.”
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