CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While preparations are underway in uptown Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, so are preparations across town at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for an event called “Charlotte 714.”
"Charlotte 714 derives its name from 2 Chronicles 7:14, which is a Bible verse that says if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I'll hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land,” said David Benham, organizer of Charlotte 714.
In other words, when the DNC comes to town next week, there will be more than politics and partying. There will also be prayer.
Benham came up with the idea and the name.
"We believe that in America and in Charlotte, we're in both a moral and a spiritual crisis,” he said.
So, he chose the DNC as his platform for change.
"It gives us the opportunity to gather as a church the night before a very important convention comes to our city" said Benham.
Dozens of churches will be taking part.
"We've got between 80 to 100 churches that have already said, ‘Yeah, and Amen, we will come. We will bring our congregations,’” he added.
But he said they’ll be leaving the politics at home.
"We're not pushing any candidates. It's not red. It's not blue. The political parties are not a target,” he added. "Our target is to stand before God and ask him for a mighty move of revival and awakening in the church in our city.”
Charlotte 714 is September 2 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Gates open at 2pm. The service begins at 6 p.m. The event is free.