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“It’s all right folks, ignore the trumpet blast…”

08 Jun

My mom and I were staying up talking tonight, and she turned on the TV to a local Christian broadcasting station. They were airing an internationally famous preacher, who I have never listened to very much. He had a guest on the show, and they were discussing the state of our nation… and how we’re in revival right now, this very second.

I had to pause and wonder what alternate universe these guys were living in.

I believe they both meant well enough, but they were making some pretty bold statements that didn’t match up with common sense, much less the Word of God. Apparently things are getting better and better. We apparently have all kinds of righteous legislature going out, and why, even the stuff coming out of Hollywood is improving all the time. If we keep getting out and voting, bless God, we’re just going to see this nation turn into a veritable utopian society.

It pained me to hear. It was bitterly ironic as I considered how we are in the midst of a 40 day fast specifically for fasting and prayer and crying out to God for mercy on our nation. Lou Engle is calling this massive fast of repentance, and meanwhile we’ve got folks working on explaining how we’re already in revival, if only we know how to define it in a watery-enough way. What I saw and heard tonight felt like a really weak excuse for our extreme barrenness and utter lack of revival, a justification for the famine of the word of the Lord in our land.

Yet we cannot take time to get comfortable. Folks, we have to pray.

I got this picture of a bunch of watchmen on the wall, blasting their trumpets with desperation. Something big was on the horizon. And inside the city were a number of people, assuring everyone that all was fine. Nothing to worry about. Peace and safety. No need to make ready.

Now is not the time to congratulate ourselves on how good our nation is doing. Our nation is not in a good place, and many in the church are turning a blind eye to our deprived condition. Revival does not mean we get a couple of good people in political office. Revival means that we actually have the manifest presence of God in our cities. Revival means that when we preach to the lost, a lot of them actually get saved. Revival means that when we pray for the sick, tumors actually fall off and lost limbs grow back. Revival means that when we command a dead person, they actually get up and live. Revival means that sinful establishments and laws in our land are abolished, for real.

I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir on this one, but the timing was just too bizarre for me to shrug it off. We need to keep sounding the alarm. We need to keep rending our hearts. We need to pray the Apostolic Prayers for the church, that we would continue to see people wake up from their slumber and cry out to the Lord.

The trumpet is being sounded. Lord, give us grace to respond.

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7 responses to ““It’s all right folks, ignore the trumpet blast…”

  1. brian

    June 9, 2007 at 10:51 am

    It never fails to amaze me the degree to which some church leaders seem to need a serious comprehensive reality check. I wonder if it’s just easier to think of God as an inoffensive George Burns type whose last real word to us was authored before pious men routinely wore pants.

     
  2. Ruth Bloem

    June 9, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    I think most people don’t really know what revival means anymore. It’s been such a long time. If you read the bible with no revelation of the word of God, then it’s hard to see what revival in the days of the apostles meant. And then you fail to see what God can do in our days, even now. We really need to learn how to compare the state (i don’t know if that’s the right word..) we’re in with what God can do AND wants to do. And when we do, we’ll cry out for more. I don’t want to be content with so less.

    It’s the cares of this life that make us so numb and yet so comfortable in our poor situation.

     
  3. xristosdomini

    June 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    “All’s well in the society of blind men…” — Unknown

    Welcome to the state of the world. Cessationism, “We aren’t performing miracles, so they must not exist.” Replacement theology, “people aren’t getting saved in Israel, so God must be done with them.” Pre-trib rapture, “the End-times are scary, so we must not be here.” We seem very proficient at coming up with theology to explain of own deficiency in the place of the Sermon on the Mount… even to the extent of blaming God. When revival means we spent an hour-and-a-HALF at church and didn’t die of boredom, the world is in deep doo-doo. The trick would seem to be to check out the Bible, see the differences between then and now, and do the Joel 2 thing “rend your heart and not your garment.”

     
  4. standonthewall

    June 11, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    preach it sista! (that was as tel-evangelisty as I could get) But seriously. You’re so right on.

     
  5. Dianna

    June 15, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, Dorean was right. I like you guys! And yes, you are probably preaching to the choir.
    [EDIT NOTE: Dianna, I sent you an e-mail, and I’m deleting your address from here hopefully before the spam bots find it…]

     
  6. Robin

    October 18, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    “I got this picture of a bunch of watchmen on the wall, blasting their trumpets with desperation. Something big was on the horizon. And inside the city were a number of people, assuring everyone that all was fine. Nothing to worry about. Peace and safety. No need to make ready.” I happened upon your blog site tonight. I’m a seminarian in the ordination process in the Episcopal Church. This theme or call of sounding the trumpet keeps coming up for me. I woke up one morning a few weeks ago to the words: “Sound the Trumpet Veritable!” I wasn’t even familiar with this word, veritable; it’s not in my vocab. The day I heard these words was the first day the House of Bishops were meeting in New Orleans. You probably don’t know what Im talking about but your picture is similar to pictures I’ve had in dreams and have been told my call is that of a ‘trumpeter.’ Many in the Episcopal Church, and the Western Church in general, say ‘don’t worry, everything is just fine,’ as you state above but many don’t realize the crisis we’re truly in. As I did a google search for veritable trumpet a few things came up, including your blog. If the Lord has given you any further insight since the time of this writing, I’d be interested to hear more. Thanks for sounding the trumpet! Robin

     
  7. Amanda Beattie

    October 19, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Robin, thank you so much for sharing. Basically, I believe that this is a key time for our nation — and really, most of the church in the West — to be seeking God very intentionally, repenting before Him and asking God for more of His grace and presence. I guess you could say that I’m uncomfortable with how comfortable we are. God has so much more He wants to give us than we are currently living in, but we have become so at ease in our wealth, influence and reputation that we are in a significant place of compromise.

    I think that most of us (the corporate “us”) don’t quite realize the lack of God’s demonstrated presence in our midst. Jeremiah 2:6, speaking of Judah at the time, says, “Neither did they say, ‘Where is the LORD, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt…'” In other words, Judah did not even notice that God’s presence wasn’t manifested in their midst anymore. They were so caught up in their own ways and so confident in the fact that the temple was in their capital city, that they didn’t even miss Him. Jeremiah 2:8 is especially heartbreaking to me: “The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me…”

    I see this parallel a lot today in our society. We have had so much time and money available to us to devlop efficient programs, slick looking services, and systematic agendas, that we don’t really realize our own need of God anymore. Now, it’s certainly not true that *no one* seeks the Lord. It’s certainly not true to say that *no one* is still leading their church / organization / whatever to actively hunger and thirst for God’s presence and to live holy in His sight. But sadly, it’s not the focus of the Western Church at large.

    One of the things I love about where I am, though, is that we regularly pray for the Church. God still massively loves the church in the West and I believe with all my heart that He really wants to move on us in revival. So we pray often that God would reveal Himself to the church (on a corporate level, as well as to our own little group) in a deep and impacting way… we all need to know Him more. We pray that He will raise up more people like yourself, who are awakened to the sounding of the trumpet and who will be a voice, a proclaimer of the truth of God in this time. We ask for God’s mercy and revival upon the body of Christ, knowing that He wants to do it and is waiting for His people to corporately come into agreement with His will on the matter.

    Blessings as you continue in your ordination process! May the Lord continue to speak to you about the things on His heart. 🙂

     

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