Friday, September 29, 2017

A Second American Revolution?

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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon called Judge Roy Moore's victory in Alabama this week "the beginning of a 'revolution' against incumbents in Washington."

A pastor led group based in York, Pennsylvania say a revolutionary restoration in America is underway.

And look what's coming to the DC Capitol Mall October 6-9. Tens of thousands of Christians offering praise and worship 24 hours a day.

"If my people..."

Steve Bannon, who, along with Sarah Palin and other conservatives, campaigned for Roy Moore, said at his victory rally Tuesday evening in Alabama, "This is the beginning of a political revolution."

Following Christian conservative Judge Moore's victory in Alabama, Sen. Bob Corker, a "moderate" Republican from Tennessee, announced he will not seek reelection.

Bannon and other conservative activists say other so-called "moderate Republicans" will also drop out in the coming months as conservative candidates declare to run against them.

I think he's right.

And there may well be a Second American Revolution underway---in the heart first, then on the ballot.

York's (Penn.) Grace Fellowship Lead Pastor says Christians "who want an awakening, revival or reformation can't get any of those without a serious season of repenting first."

He says, "I think our nation is in the midst of a national humility crises. And the only thing that's going to turn it around is a genuine movement of real repentance. I think in many instances, many Christians are trying to get other people to follow a Jesus we're not following ourselves."

He says it's not first trying to affect change in our nation---it's about "inviting God to begin with each and every one of us in our own hearts, in our own lives, in our own families, in our houses of worship."

He quotes II Chronicles 7:14: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, seek my face, pray, turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land."

The pastor says "we often quote that, then we launch into calling on people to pray for America. That's not God's strategy. When God brings change, He uses the church---God's people---as ground zero."

This pastor led "Week of Repentance" that began September 24 is all about God's people getting right with God.

Leading Christian author, lecturer and apologist Ravi Zacharias has written a prayer for those who are opening their heart to the Lord this week in regard to repentance and restoration.

Zacharias writes about the recent storms that have hit our nation--"In some ways Lord, these storms remind us of the havoc that alien ideas have wreaked in the land; the erosion of our values, the eviction of Your name from halls of learning, and the climate of hate in the land that makes it almost impossible to govern."

This followed by a prayer based on II Chronicles 7:14.

Both in York, and via the Internet, tens of thousands are participating all across the nation.

The vast expanse of public land stretching from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial has seen many mass gatherings across the decades, but nothing quite like what will be happening on this "secular soil" October 6 through the 9th.

Tens of thousands of Christians praising and praying to God 24 hours a day will fill 47 large tents across the Capitol Mall.

Leaders say, "Every one of these tents is going to shout to this nation that Jesus is alive and that He's worthy. He deserves to be celebrated above anyone else."

This event, that will take up much of the space running through the heart of our nation's Capitol grounds, is called Awaken the Dawn but is often referred to by its leaders as a "Holy Spirit Woodstock."

Lou Engles and other leaders are claiming God's promises in Scripture---promises that happen to a nation that seeks His face... "disease being obliterated from the land, establishment of our borders" and "God inhabiting the praises of His people."

Jason Hershey, an organizer for this event and head of a ministry called "David's Tent," has a permanent prayer tent somewhere on the Capitol grounds.

I wasn't aware of it, but he has been encouraging people to come there and pray for some time.

He says there are about 300,000 churches in America. If each church would take one hour here at David's Tent, we would be here for 34 years continuous---the number of years of David's reign in Jerusalem.

Some of my readers live in the DC area. You should attend if possible. Some can travel to the event.

All of us can join in our hearts in prayer and praise to Almighty God, asking Him to forgive our sins, and praise a never-failing God who will heal our land.

This reminds me of the cultural climate prior to the American Revolution.

The descendants of those who had come seeking religious freedom, declaring America to be a "City on a Hill" had become distracted by their own pursuits. Church attendance was down. Apathy was up.

America was moving away from her spiritual moorings. And her founding biblical principles.

Then the preachers came preaching fiery sermons, not about revolution, by about God and His Word, and His promises.

We remember their names, Whitefield, Edwards...and others. Establishment churches and pastors attempted to silence them, but the preachers moved to the fields and outdoor venues---they were heard by thousands without even the benefit of a microphone.

God stirred the hearts of this nation 160 years after the first pilgrims stepped on shore at Plymouth and Jamestown---the vision was restored---a Revolutionary War was fought, and the United States of America was born---the greatest nation in the history of the world.

I believe God is moving on behalf of the prayers of His people.

I Samuel 12:16 says, "Even now take your stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes."

And to paraphrase Micah chapter 7---Stick around and see what God will do.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.