Rick Perry has called Christians around America to gather at Reliant Stadium in Houston for a day of prayer and fasting on August 6, 2011. He states that this is a Joel 2-type gathering. The book of Joel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is only three chapters long, so read it. The main theme of the book and of this Response event is that in times of crisis and judgment from God, his people must gather to pray, fast, repent and humble themselves.
I know this will look foolish to non-believers, a waste of time and money, but I can not emphasize how important it is for believers to gather during this time and humble themselves before the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Bible in Jesus name. There is no other salvation and his word is truth. Rick Perry along with believers around the land should not let their reputations keep them from this event. We could all use some of this humbling. We cannot humble ourselves before God and seek to look good in front of people at the same time. If we fear the response of people more than the response of God, there is something wrong.
I know this is not PC, but I believe America and the rest of the world is in a time of shaking that will continue to get progressively worse. It is time to gather, covenant to God and to each other, to repent of our attitudes and sins. If we do, God promises to pour out his Spirit on his people. (Joel 2:28) In this season of shaking, find yourselves under the shadow of his wings. (Psalm 91) Gather, repent, humble yourself into his hands.
This is the beginning of these stadium Joel 2 events, they will spread around the country and earth. I understand there will be criticism and eventually persecution, but when one catches a vision of God's glory, it is worth it all.