Can We Have Revival In Our Time?
That was the question Greg Laurie asked last night at the Costa Mesa Pastors Conference.
Earlier in the day, Franklin Graham rallied the troops in my states capitol, railing against liberals and giving poorly concealed endorsement to the political right.
They prayed for revival too.
Can we have revival in our time?
If it’s going to look like what they described, I sure as hell hope not.
First off, let’s stop the fear mongering about this being “America’s last chance”.
Just stop it.
We live in a culture that makes us uncomfortable and we’re not used to being uncomfortable, nor are we used to living in a culture where we couldn’t make people that made us uncomfortable more uncomfortable than we are for doing so.
Conservatives are really uncomfortable because the country has liberal cultural tendencies and they have only been guests in the White House for the last eight years.
This doesn’t describe American Armageddon.
There is this unspoken assumption that if God sent revival, not only would the heathen convert to Christ, but they would become good Republicans as well.
Then, of course, God would call off His judgment and righteousness would fill the land.
This country has problems.
It always has and always will.
People are often immoral.
They have always been and always will be.
God has been on the throne through it all.
Always will be.
The other factor in this call for “revival” is a call to moralism, which is nothing more than legalism and law… which is the enemy of grace.
Oddly enough, the last revival Laurie spoke of was spearheaded by Lonnie Frisbee, who was as gay as a spring morning.
This calls into question whether a revival is a return to moralism or an explosion of grace that God gives sovereignly and in the season of His choice alone.
Grace is for sinners…if He comes in revival it will be for those we despise.
I believe there will be no such thing as revival as long as we continue to whore out the Gospel of Jesus Christ, pimping it with politics and covering the shame with the flag.
The Gospel is the Gospel of King Jesus, not any politician,nor any political party.
It is about the kingdom of the King, not any earthly power.
It is His pristine power in salvation, untainted by the agendas of mere men.
If it is mixed with anything else, the Gospel becomes false and full of lies.
It is for right, left, center, and undecided, for natives and immigrants, for male and female and for those who are unsure of either.
Real revival always starts among those the religious have left behind…
I’m all for one of those…
I’m even more for cutting the drama, cleaning our own house, and living out who God has made us to be as we love our neighbors and proclaim the undefiled Gospel of King Jesus.
No “revival” needed for that…