Thursday, October 14, 2010

Is This "Awakening" Great?

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Millions of people are meeting in rallies and town hall venues across the nation. From Washington DC to Washington State, citizens are expressing their concerns about the direction our country is heading. Democrats are running away from this election, while Republicans and Independents are running toward it.

America has awakened and citizens are motivated to change the "change."

So much for apathy. Bring on the activism.

And that's a good thing.

We are awake and sweeping political change is almost certain in this election.

But is this the beginning of a "great" awakening or simply a political correction?

Is this a rush to restore our privileges and prosperity, without attention to our principles?

With a $42,000 debt attached to every newborn in America, unemployment too high, no real hope for improvement and a rush toward socialism and the "remaking of America," this election is indeed about the economy. It must be.

But we must not forget the principles.

The historic "Great Awakening" which had 3 maybe 4 waves and was responsible for charting the course for the most successful nation in the history of the world; was a spiritual not political one.

Evangelical Protestant ministers shaped the direction of America. Their strong biblical sermons created a profound sense of conviction, redemption, restoration and hope based on biblical Truth.

Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield and other preachers elicited an emotional and spiritual response from their audiences. America was "awakened" and it became the "City on a Hill."

This awakening shaped the concepts and principles of the American Revolution, the framing of the Constitution and the blessing, prosperity, generosity and freedom that followed.

Not only has America prospered, but we have blessed the world through our Christian charity.

A political adjustment or awakening is temporary at best. It's not sustainable.

I have heard Newt Gingrich say more than once of the 1994 political revolution, "They elected us to change Washington, but Washington changed us."

I have repeatedly heard this election is about the economy, not about the so-called "social" issues or principles. And it certainly should be about an economy that is in free fall.

However, if we see this election as merely about privilege and prosperity, any political correction will be short term and ultimately disappointing.

A true "Awakening" begins in the heart, with a rededication to the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this country was built, then manifests itself in the collective politics of the Republic.

President Eisenhower once said, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon lose both."

All solutions to human challenges are found in spiritual principles.

Be Prayerful. Be Discerning. Be Active.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Thank you Gary. This is very good and timely. I would encourage everyone to forward it to your list. God bless you. Keep up the good work.

  2. I would like to hear this from a pulpit. Every church needs to hear this. Pastors please speak up.

  3. Thanks for the good words. Eisenhower was not known to be very religious was he. Profound words.

  4. I have heard several candidates who seem to be trying to hide from their faith and personal beliefs. If they do that during a campaign, what will they hide once they are elected?

  5. "A true "Awakening" begins in the heart, with a rededication to the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this country was built, then manifests itself in the collective politics of the Republic"

    That's a mistake that too many people make. Christianity isn't about "Judeo-Christian principles." That is just christian religion - christendom. While it would stabilize the country and make it a decent place to live and raise families, that wouldn't make it an "Awakening." The faith isn't about rules and conforming our behavior to a standard. It's about a completely new inside person. It's not reformation, it's regeneration.

    "All solutions to human challenges are found in spiritual principles." Doesn’t go far enough. The problems we face in the world and in this country isn’t because people have bad behavior. People are sinners, alienated from God. Unless something is done about the root cause, changing behavior is only temporary and simply a white wash.

  6. @9:54

    Are you perhaps referring to Gary Randall endorsed candidate Dino Rossi, who has consistently refused to give direct answers on questions dealing with LGBT issues and reproductive choice?


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