I have noticed that a number of radio or television ministers are speaking about America’s need for a revival. Sometimes it is a genuine call from ministers who are agonizing over the demise of godliness in America, and sometimes it is simply a “get on the bandwagon” response to what’s current.
At any rate, the troubling thing about the call to Revival is that it is so “corporate.” It is not directed at us individually, but at America generally. And that’s the rub, so to speak.
As long as we sit silently by, lending our “Amen!” to a stirring sermon, then hurrying to dinner, and hurrying home to grab the remote and watch our nightly nonsense, and then spending six days away from church, and from our devotional sense of God, then revival will not come to America.
Because revival must be an individual thing. I… YOU… WE must have revival. We must examine ourselves. We must pray. We must repent. We must change. We must intercede. We. Not America. Not them. Not those “cold” churches. We.
I love preaching to others. I hate preaching to me. I love trying to change the guy going the wrong way. I hate trying to change my own habits, and trying to break out of my complacency. Sometimes the tide has to turn against us before we get serious about changing. And that being said, perhaps the greatest indication that revival is possible in America is the obvious media turn against Christianity.
The media was not really mean to Rev. Jeremiah Wright for his anti-America “God-d*** America” sermon. Not really. But have you see the vitriolic response of some to Brit Hume’s comments to Tiger Woods about finding Christ?
Forget revival coming to America. Pray for revival to come to you. If enough of “you” and “I” can genuinely have a revival of faith and character and courage, then it will automatically come to our “land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)