#3 Why we Need Revival – In our World

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There is a growing sense that something is wrong with our world and no one seems to know why this is, or what to do about it.

Someone I know passed on a post from a Facebook friend that pretty much describes what I am saying. After a reference to an overseas conservation issue she says:

“It is 2014, how is the world still going backwards!

Instead of treasuring life, we are mass murdering hundreds of innocent dolphins, throwing coward punches that are killing our children and taking away the rights of our teachers.

In the last week alone, I have seen mountains of rubbish dumped in our street, heard a young woman scream at her puppy and call it *#! ____________ in public and witnessed a bus load of city workers sit idly by while a heavily pregnant lady was standing.

I hope I’m not alone here in saying we shouldn’t be proud of ourselves, we should all be ashamed. I’m ashamed to be a human in the 21st century, the “selfish century” when nobody could think of anything else but themselves.”

A generation ago in the halcyon days of the 1980’s, we prided ourselves in being the Lucky Country, but that seems to have all changed. We may take some comfort in that we are better off than other countries but we know deep down something is badly wrong.

Amongst people’s concerns are fears of another GFC, the challenge of climate change, the threat to our environment, the rise of militant Islam, Iran developing nukes and the recent sabre rattling by China that an Oxford academic in a sobering analysis says is a real threat to world peace. (See The Rhyme of History) .The Rhyme of History

But I want to bring the issue closer to home.

Today, very few people seem happy and contented with their lives, despite our affluence and freedoms.

If we watch the evening news, it looks like our society is coming apart at the seams and despite the best of intentions, there don’t appear to be any real solutions.

There IS a solution – something that has happened a number of times in history and that is a rediscovery of and turning back to God.

To do this, we need to realise that the problems facing us are too big and we can’t do it on our own. We need God to step down from Heaven to help.

In the Welsh revival of 1904-1905 for example, people were concerned with the way their country was going and prayed that God would help them: He did and things turned around in a dramatic way.

(You can listen to a presentation by J Edwin Orr, arguably the leading 20th Century authority on revival where he tells the story of the Welsh Revival – old school presentation but highly recommended).

During the revival, there was such was a sense of God’s Presence that whole communities were affected. Coal miners would sing hymns in the mines, families were healed when drunken parents sobered up, and crime rates went down to the point that magistrates on several occasions had no cases to try. It did create some problems in the coal mines because the horses used for hauling the coal were so accustomed to cussing and swearing, they had to be retrained to understand their master’s new vocabulary!

In my page “Why I believe” I want to look at the fact that not only is faith in Jesus a force for good, but that the atheist experiment simply hasn’t worked.

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