Thursday, July 04, 2019

Praying for the American Church on Independence Day

(Josh & Nicole, Ludington, MI)

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard warned that "the day when Christianity and the world become friends, Christianity is done away with." If SK was alive today would he would conclude that it's over? If Jesus returned today would he find persistent faith?

The American Church has a lot of world-conformation, which the apostle Paul warned against. Churches must resist becoming people-pleasing, infrastructure-maintaining, non-offending, consumer-driven Entertainment Centers. (See Francis Chan - is Chan the new Kierkegaard?) We're in the Age of Show Business. Some churches mimic this. See Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.

On this Independence Day in America I am praying for our churches to come alive, in a Book of Acts way. I'm pleading with the Holy Spirit to ignite the followers of Jesus. To stun us. To confront us. To break us. To wake us.

My hope is that churches would forget trying to be cool and relevant (this is not working; our imitative coolness is reinforcing the Age of Show Business), and take hold of our Exodus 33 distinctive, which is the presence of God. (See my book Leading the Presence-Driven Church.) On Independence Day I am praying for Christians to establish  Dependence on God Day. Let's see if God really will straighten us out if we trust in him with all our hearts.

America's problems are not primarily political or economic, but spiritual and moral. Jesus knew the latter affects the former. Jesus was after the human heart. When the heart is transformed, behaviors follow. I have experienced this in my own life. I'm not at the level of Jesus yet, but I've seen countless people leave their egos behind and become other-centered. 

I am praying for a great move of God across our nation. Beginning in our nation's churches. Another Jesus Revolution. Another Welsh Revival. Another Great Awakening. Even... a Greater Awakening.

Want to join me in praying this way, and in prepping your churches for revival and awakening? Send me an email and I'll put you on my Revival Church Network.  


Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Encounters with the Holy Spirit (a book I co-edited with Janice Trigg)

Then, I''lI give attention to Transformation: How God Changes the Human Heart

Followed by... Technology and Spiritual Formation

Then, Linda and I will co-write our book on Relationships.