We’re sleeping at a time in world history when we should be wide awake. World events have many chattering about the return of Christ – but it seems to be for all the wrong reasons. It’s not because we can’t stand to be apart from Him for another minute. It’s because it’s all become about us, not God.

What is wrong with us? What has happened to Christianity in the United States of America?

We’ve finally reached the tipping point, at least in America, where we’ve spiritualized our idolatry en mass – and we don’t even realize it. We want out because our lives are being inconvenienced, not because the thought of life apart from God is an agonizing prospect. What is wrong with us? What has happened to Christianity in the United States of America?

Our lives seem more characterized by fear than faith. According to Romans 14:23, we have embraced sin as the norm, and that’s not good: “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

BIRTH PAINS
Birth is usually a celebratory spectacle – but not this time. The whole world seems to be in the delivery room, giving birth to . . . something unattractive. Yet unlike the typical exuberance accompanying the birth of a baby, many of us feel unsettled. Hesitant. Fearful. All around us, the waters of hardship have broken. It seems that nothing can stop them. How do we celebrate an ugly baby?

“The question is: how can you keep yourself from spiraling downward – and how can we turn things around?”

Consider the following:

  • Racism is alive and well, and on the rise – everywhere.  Whether in Charleston, SC, the Middle East, Europe or anywhere we turn, it isn’t pretty. We’re being reminded that racism isn’t a matter of color, but of the heart.
  • Economically, we’re all being squeezed – and there doesn’t seem to be any good economic news on the horizon. Where does a person invest their money these days? The American unemployment rate, recently published to be just over 5%, does not take into account all the people who have given up looking for work. Nor does it take into account those who are underemployed, having taken jobs that don’t match their education level or skill-set.
  • Politically, the whole world is lacking common-sense, humble, courageous leadership.
  • Spiritually, we’re like superman in a house of kryptonite.
  • Morally, we’re in a free-fall.

But this isn’t a gloom and doom blog post. If you’re reading this, you already know what’s happening, at least in part.  The question is: how can you keep yourself from spiraling downward – and how can we turn things around?

“We need a true move of God across this nation, beginning with you and me. WHAT WE NEED IS THE PERSON OF GOD.” 

First of all, we must wake up and realize that while you and I are the problem we are also the solution – under God. What I mean is this: our actions and inactions are the reasons why we’re in this mess. We are not depending upon God personally, in our families or in our houses of worship. So, why would we expect the national situation to look different? It’s merely the sum of the parts. Revive the parts and maybe the whole will fall into place.

SHOWER TIME
Everyone loves a good shower or bath after a hot, sweaty day. This is what we need on a massive, national level. We need a national week of repentance. Yup, I said week. The attention span of the average American (and the average American Christian, as well) is so short that one day is hardly enough.

We need a true move of God across this nation, beginning with you and me. WHAT WE NEED IS THE PERSON OF GOD. There is no hope for this nation without true revival – and it begins with you and me on a grass roots level.

“Clean people don’t need soap. Dirty people do. It’s time for an American shower, one person at a time. It’s time for God to shower us with the revival we really need – across the nation. “

“What?” you ask. “Not me, I have a pornography problem” you say. But more than half of all people, regardless of their religious affiliation.  “Not me, I struggle with anger” you admit. Congratulations, and welcome to America. Maybe you marginalize yourself, saying “Not me, I did something terrible in my past.” Do you struggle with jealousy, hatred, greed, sarcasm, bitterness, lust, unforgiveness, and more? Yes, we all do.

Remember the idea of being rescued? It’s central to the Gospel – and to being a real disciple. We need to mourn over our sin as we see God’s people doing in the Bible whenever He moved powerfully. You and I will never move forward with God if all we do is merely acknowledge our sin. We need God to come and rescue us from it. We need to invite Him to move on our behalf – and His.

Clean people don’t need soap. Dirty people do. It’s time for an American shower, one person at a time – beginning in our houses of worship and people who claim to have faith. It’s time for God to shower us with the revival we really need – across the nation. And what’s to lose? Even if the whole doesn’t get any better, you will still be better off. Confession is good for the soul. All the time.

TURN ON THE WATER
We need to clean house, starting with ourselves. Repentance is not up to God. It’s up to the individual. Does this resonate with you? If so, learn more about America’s very first “National Week of Repentance” at RevivalMatters.com and get involved now. It will take place October 11-18, 2015 – and you can participate wherever you are. It’s for you, your family and your house of worship. (Click here for information) 

Will your participation in The National Week of Repentance change the world? Maybe not. But maybe it will. It absolutely will change your world for the best. We need a good shower, each and every one of us. At this key time in American and world history, we could all use a good bath. Get that water running.

Who can you encourage to participate in The National Week of Repentance? Tell everyone you know, because time is short, the world is needy and Jesus is worthy. (Spread the word by clicking here).

A penny for your thoughts . . .

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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