Is it too late for America?
Right now I should be encouraged. People are waking up to the hard fact that their political savior Barak Obama is little more than a Chicago-style politician, who will do and say anything to hold onto power. The lapdog media’s disdain for the Tea Party movement shows the movement’s power in exposing the unbelievable arrogance of the Democrat-controlled Congress in ramming health care enslavement down our throats.
Right now, Republican Scott Brown may be taking a Senate seat held for 47 years by the late Ted Kennedy. And even in the massive tragedy in Haiti, we see the overwhelming benevolence of our nation in aiding the Haitian people—compare the $100 million that President Obama generously pledged to help (in addition to the assistance from many aid organizations) with the “generous” pledge from superpower China ($1 million) and the assistance being given by Venezuela’s moron Marxist dictator, Hugo Chavez ($0).
And yet, for a while, I have sensed we may be seeing great reform in our nation without true revival. I sense we’re seeing the same “reform without revival” that Judah’s kings saw in the Old Testament. Even the two greatest kings, Hezekiah and Josiah, who did not fear to take down the “high places” of idol worship that other kings left alone, ultimately could not change the people’s hearts--making them ripe for deception and corruption by the next evil king.
It’s happening in churches and is happening in our nation: we get a big move of God, a great change of leadership, a great moral victory—only to see no true revival, with people’s hearts left unchanged.
Obviously, it’s all the more reason to continue to uplift Jesus in our everyday life, instead of following the early 20th-century Fundamentalists, who forfeited their influence in society to “progressives” who eagerly filled the power vacuum after their humiliation in the Scopes evolution trial.
I still remember the words of Winston Churchill, who was faced with Britain’s invasion by the overwhelming forces of Nazi Germany in 1940. At the end of his speech on the BBC, popularly known for his famous phrase, “As conquer we must, as conquer we shall,” he uttered an ancient prayer that summed up the resilience of the British people:
“Arm yourselves , and be ye men of valor, and stand in readiness for the conflict. For it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altars. As the will of God is in heaven, even so, let Him do.”
And yet, it’s incredible that such a sacrificial spirit could be all but forgotten within several decades, after Britain and America’s incredible victory over the Nazis in WW2. An odd place to find this evidence is in the 1964 Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night, in a scene when the Fab Four are playfully tormenting a stuffy fellow train passenger. “I fought the war for your sort,” the passenger blurts out. “Bet you’re sorry you won,” Ringo Starr shoots back.
I was told recently about a theory about how America is always 50 years behind whatever Britain does. If the theory holds any water (which it might: the US abolished slavery decades after England did, and conversely, we’re now on course to enslave America with a disastrous nationalized health care system, roughly 60 years after Britain established the National Health Service), we're in for some rough water. For example, the thought of our society being gradually Islamified--as is happening in Britain--should send shivers up our collective spines.
I never want to give up on praying for America to experience true revival through changed hearts (and not just having spiritual goose bumps). Are we on the verge of a move of God on people’s hearts—or just seeing reform without revival?