In the aftermath of last weekend’s Las Vegas massacre, Democrats came out almost immediately and called for new gun control regulations. Republicans came out and defended the Second Amendment, and back and forth we went.
When a maniac in a Dodge Charger drove into a crowd in Charlottesville, we began fighting over what statues were now deemed too racist to stand. The media blamed Trump for bringing racism back to America, and the GOP reflexively started defending the First Amendment.
These types of reactions and counter-reactions make up the political dance we’ve become accustomed to. Allegations and arguments are becoming so tired and shallow that it takes only a new voice, rather than new idea, to seemingly supercharge political partisan hacks.
Rather than rally for gun control, healthcare reform, or ending racism, why are there no calls for revival?
We live in a nation that, as of last year, claims to be 77% Christian, though only about 20% seem to take it seriously enough to go to church once a week. Yet when a sadistic mass murderer spends $50,000 on weapons and ammo so that he could spray bullets into a crowd of innocent concert goers, not one talking head called for people to get saved. Some on CNN and Fox News called for A savior, but no one called for THE Savior.
Did the evangelical political hero, President Donald J. Trump, mention one word about turning to God? Where was Osteen? He tweeted out a general platitude, like most Christians, saying to trust in the Lord. Other politicians sent “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families. This is a lovely gesture, and as a resident Las Vegan, I appreciate prayers. Prayers work. However, prayer is not salvation. While everyone has been concerned with the physical health and safety of all in Las Vegas, it seems like few, if any, have been concerned with our souls.
In a “Christian” nation, millions of people should have been out in the streets witnessing for Christ and sending out invitations to church. Instead, we hit Twitter and started arguing about gun rights with complete strangers.
Jimmy Kimmel, a devout practicing Catholic, used his powerful platform to demonize the NRA and legal firearm owners rather than conduct an altar call and preach the gospel. Many others followed this pattern.
There is no more relevant time to witness to the unsaved than after a national tragedy. It’s never “too soon”, but it is often too late to do so.
You never know when an armed gunman will strike where you are.
You never know when a bomb will destroy the building you’re in.
You never know if you’re on a plane with someone who wants to crash it.
You never know when a drunk driver will come from out of nowhere and take your life.
Last Sunday night’s events were a reminder of our fleeting mortality. Life can end when you least expect it. Are you confident in your beliefs on the afterlife? Are you sure you are just going to become worm food? Are you positive that you will be reincarnated until you reach Nirvana?
I am 100% positive that I will be in Heaven with God and Jesus Christ when I die. I will not waver from that belief.
If you are questioning, at all, what happens when you die, talk to me. Yes, I am being an opportunist. I am taking advantage of fear and tragedy. That’s because I want you all to be as sure as I am that your eternity is secure.
2 thoughts on “Less “Reform”, More Revival”
I could understand why most won’t comment. Have you seen the out pouring of pastors and people in the community? I have never seen more people mention God on the news. There is a revival going on, one could see depending how or what you are doing to further his kingdom. I do struggle with who’s being genuine. How many churches are doing it out of true kindness or for exposure? I know most of these pastors and seen some get down and dirty and some don’t. I have more respect for those who do. Those pastors amd members who go on actual mission trips and walk the skid row of LV handing out the gospel and a samwhich😉 I have more, but have school work… I’ll be back!
Hello, and thanks for commenting. I agree that here in Vegas, there certainly has been an outpouring from local churches. Given the history of a similar pattern in most local communities after a tragedy of this sort, but a lack of a national movement, I am disinclined to agree that there is a revival happening.
After previous “Great Awakenings”, the archetype for revivals, there was broad spiritual change that followed. There are changes now, but they are social, not spiritual changes. I fear that the solidarity we see right now is temporary – like post-9\11.
I may be wrong. I hope I am wrong.