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.