It began at an unexpected moment. In reading about Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, and in considering all the talk about overturning Roe v. Wade, suddenly the Lord began to open my eyes to the horror of abortion in the United States. I saw it as never before. As I began to get burdened for the holocaust going on around us, I began to wonder, “What can I do?”
So, I began where all great endeavors must begin – on my knees in prayer. It was through this that God began to show me that it is not just about fighting abortion or the trampling of traditional marriage or any other wicked blight on our nation today. For any of these issues to be righted, the first step must take place not in government, on the street, in the voting booth, or on social media – but in the church.
That first step is this – revival. Our churches need revival. We desperately need it. We need it so badly, we don’t even realize how much we need it! American Christianity today is comfortable, complacent, lazy, sluggish, weak, and many times, dead. This is not a blanket statement – there are some who are on fire for God, but they are very few and very far between. Whole churches are content to sit comfortably and do their church thing while the world around them descends into Hell, with the exception of perhaps the pastor, some of the staff, and a handful of members.
We like to point our fingers at the liberals, the Democrats, the government, the LGBTQ lobbyists, the public schools, and all sorts of other worldly people and organizations, blaming them for what America is today. Yet I would submit to you that it is not them that deserve to bear the brunt of the blame, but Christians in America who have been content to spend more time arguing politics on Facebook than winning souls, who have made Christianity one of the many things they do instead of an all-consuming relationship that radically changes their lives and turns the world upside down as it did in the days of the apostles.
This blog is specifically targeted toward those in ministry. In our unique role as leaders in our church, we have the influence and opportunity to call our local church back to repentance and revival in a way that others do not have. We have a platform from which to set an example of what a truly on-fire Christian looks like and to inspire others to have the same passion and zeal for God. Yet we must know God’s plan for revival if we are to live it and pass it on to them.
This post marks the beginning of a five-part series in which we will look at this plan God has set forth. My basis will simply be the classic revival text of II Chronicles 7:14, as I show forth what God has been showing me in recent days, and what our churches desperately need. It will not be anything new, but rather something old-fashioned that we have lost. God says if His people 1) humble themselves, 2) seek His face, 3) pray, and 4) turn from their wicked ways, He will hear, forgive, and heal. That sounds like revival and restoration to me!
In each of my next four posts, I will take an in-depth look at each of these four steps, what it means for your church, and what it means for you as a ministry leader in that church. We can see this country revived again; I do not believe God has laid this on my heart for no reason, and I am excited to see what He does as I seek Him more and strive to follow His plan for revival. Will you commit to embrace your role as a ministry worker in the revival God wants to bring to our churches?