I am huge fan of the history channel. In fact, I love watching biographical programs. The other day I found myself watching a program that was focusing on the decade of the 80’s. It was interesting to see the clothes we wore, the music we listened to, the food we ate, and the people we were. It was not surprising that a large part of the documentary was focused the politics of the 80’s. One person in particular stood out from the rest, President Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan was a master communicator. During the Republican National Convention while summing up his tenure in office he said, “I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation–from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries. They called it the Reagan revolution. Well, I’ll accept that, but for me it always seemed more like the great rediscovery, a rediscovery of our values and our common sense.”
In America today we are in desperate need of a rediscovery. A rediscovery of our values and our common sense. The current course of our great country has traveled far from those values and common sense. We are told that to be a Christian is to be someone who is close minded and bigoted. We are told that we can not disagree with someone’s political view and still love them at the same time. To make things worse Christians across this country are buying into this line of thought. They believe that in order to be relevant we must create churches that not only turn a blind eye to behavior that is clearly wrong but they actually condone it. We have hurt our voice and our credibility. The church is in need of a rediscovery.
In his article, The Death of Spirit Lead Ministry, Alex quoted David Platt. Mr. Platt said, “The greatest hindrance to the church today very well could be, operating the church apart from God. As a Christian culture, we’ve created methods of worship that allow very little of the Holy Spirit to actually participate. We’ve created a Christianity that looks for God’s promises and blessings without seeking God’s presence.” When we allow our churches to take positions that are not grounded in biblical truth we hurt our voice and our credibility. The combination of watering down the gospel and preventing participation of the Holy Spirit have created an environment that is not only ripe for stagnation but one that is literally resistant to revival.
I firmly believe that if we are going to experience revival in America it is going to take the men of the church getting serious about their relationship with Christ. “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” -1 Timothy 6:11 When men get serious it will lead us into the next Great Rediscovery.