“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out”
“A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life.
The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.
There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.”
America. A Culture of War & Violence.
Our last just war was WWII. Following that war each subsequent war fell further and further behind in meeting our strategic aims and objectives. The final two, Vietnam and Afghanistan, we were soundly, roundly and profoundly defeated in spite of our vast superior military and technology and our willingness to parlay trillions in treasure and tens of thousands in tragic deaths and disabilities toward victory.
America. A Culture of Domestic Terrorism.
Recently, Chris Wray, the Director of the FBI said domestic terrorism has “mushroomed” within the U.S. in the past year. Thus far over 600 rioters in Washington DC have been arrested and charged for the attempted insurrection on January 6th, aided, abetted, even encouraged by our own President Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Mass shootings, like the ones that killed 8 at spas and massage parlors in Atlanta earlier this year, and 10 at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., just days later, are a fraction of the nation’s gun deaths. As COVID-19 spread across the United States last year, murders spiked 21 percent, a one-year record.
America. A Culture of Narcissism.
Many people around the world claim Americans have an unusually high opinion of themselves.
Americans and non-Americans alike share “the belief that the typical American is grandiose, callous, and self-centered,” write a team of psychologists led by University of Georgia professor Joshua Miller in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
The rise in narcissism corresponds with the cultural emphasis on ‘self-love,’ claiming we are incapable of loving others until we can sufficiently love ourselves. And proportionately we are experiencing a decline in empathy and compassion. Concern and care for others’ feelings are virtues we seek to instill in our children, yet they are sorely lacking in many adult Americans today. There’s scientific research to back up the notion that Americans are caring less for others and more about themselves, according to Sara Konrath, PhD, an associate professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University and director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research.
America. A Culture of Corruption.
As bribery and corruption appear to be getting worse in countries throughout the world, people are also losing faith in their governments’ ability to fight such acts, a survey from Transparency International found. In the United States, 60 percent of people said that corruption has increased over the last two years.
Corruption has moved well beyond the purview of a minority of greedy people and pernicious practices in business dealings. Today we find rampant corruption in the church, with wealthy televangelists owning yachts, jets and mega-mansions, at the same time enjoying tax free status as a ‘church,’ colleges and universities bribed by wealthy parents to accept their undeserving children as students, and corruption at all levels of government.
America. A Culture of Entitlement.
If you worked hard and saved, eschewing debt and paying your bills on time, you missed out on most of the rewards our government and policies offered to the American people. If you gambled on risky investments rather than researched the investment possibilities across the companies that showed great promise in terms of future growth and earnings, you were richly rewarded.
The smartest guy in the room over the past year and a half did not make his or her monthly payments on rent, car loans or student debt, but readily accepted government largesse such as three stimulus checks, and parlayed those into purchases of meme stocks, options, cryptocurrencies and even non-fungible tokens. Today we are having trouble filling over ten million open jobs in spite of having less than that claiming unemployment benefits.
Demands for more free money and a government who won’t say no, have resulted in a record mountain of debt across government, business and households. The promise of government assistance to pay off accumulated ‘debt forbearance,’and to backstop any losses on risky investments has created the potential for an economic collapse. You cannot replace the productivity of hard work and capital simply by printing money or giving out loans that are later discharged and forgiven.
America. A Culture of Apostasy.
Billy Graham said that the word apostasy is derived from two Greek words. Putting them together they mean “to stand away from,” or “to abandon” one’s faith. The Biblical teaching about apostasy goes far deeper than that. It means to “fall away.” The Apostle Paul wrote about this to the church at Thessalonica. It affected every area of life. The word is so strong and so emphatic that it suggests a complete breakdown of morals, ethics and spirituality.
A Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted recently found 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. But are almost 2/3rd’s of Americans Christian in the eyes of God? The Bible says a person becomes a Christian by placing their faith in Jesus Christ. This is known as being saved or born again. The Bible teaches that no one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless they are born again.
But can you truly have ‘faith’ in a person you don’t follow, don’t even know, while you are pursuing your own interests according to your own will? Matthew wrote, “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'” I would submit that precious few Americans can search themselves and honestly conclude that this command applies to them, and that they are living according to its meaning. Most Americans calling themselves ‘Christian’ today are in love with the rites, rules and rituals of their manmade religion rather than intimately familiar with Jesus Christ. If you’re not reading Scripture, you don’t even know Him, for there is where He has been revealed.
We need a Great Awakening to carry out the Great Commission before our nation goes the way of all other previous failed empires. I fear our nation may have devolved into a place where the Lord cannot work, for our people are blinded to the truth and numb with their sins of all stripes. We are treated daily to news dealing with all manner of violence, crime, corruption and evil, while our media salts the stories with advertisements characterized as soft porn, and the latest actress or rock star that has released a porn video that folks can watch for free. We are teaching every combination of sexuality our imaginations can conjure, and pushing this coursework all the way down into elementary school.
Without a revival we are on our own. Without God, in whose hands is our very breath, we are doomed to destruction and death, as we flail helplessly in the darkness desperately determined to resolve what is an increasing number of seemingly intractable national problems.
Paul wrote to the citizens of Corinth, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” Our lives are short however you choose to measure them, when compared to eternity. Wisdom is setting your goals on eternal results, sin for a season ends in despair. As you are breathing your last and staring out toward eternity, will you experience mostly regrets? Will you wonder why all of what you did and all of what you got means nothing now as you will go out just as you came in? –Naked & alone?
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;”
“Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, Cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Wilt thou not revive us again: That thy people may rejoice in thee?”
“For thus saith the high and lofty One That inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Psalms & Isaiah
“Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late – and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work.” ~ A.W. Tozer