Revival or We Die by Michael Brown for Charisma News
John Knox prayed, “Give me Scotland, or I die!” George Whitefield prayed, “Give me souls, or take my soul!” Today, millions of American Christians need to pray, “God, revive us, or we die!” And there is no hyperbole in that prayer. Without a national awakening, America as we know it is doomed.
In 1944, Rev. Peter Marshall declared, “Surely the time has come, because the hour is late, when we must decide. And the choice before us is plain—Yahweh or Baal. Christ or chaos. Conviction or compromise. Discipline or disintegration.”
That was 1944, nine years before the first edition of Playboy.
Compare that today to the epidemic of internet porn, affecting even our children. Marshall never could have imagined America falling this low.
In 1969 Dr. Bill Bright wrote, “We live in the most revolutionary period of human history. … Social Band-Aids and reform antiseptics give little hope for a cure or even an improvement. A revolution is needed. … You can experience this revolution. In fact, you can help bring it to pass.”
Also in 1969, Rev. Tom Skinner wrote, “I’m convinced America is at her crisis hour. Revolution is inevitable. It’s just a matter of which faction is going to prove strongest and will win out in the end. I believe most Americans are so apathetic that they will just sit back and go to whoever wins the struggle.”
What would these men of God say today?
1969 was also a long time ago.
It was the year of Woodstock. And it was the year of the Stonewall Riots.
But I doubt that the most zealous gay activist would have predicted that the Supreme Court would one day redefine marriage. Or that a “married” gay man would run for president. Or that another presidential candidate would say that transgender rights were the Civil Rights issue of our day. Or that a famous male athlete would be declared woman of the year. Or that the American Library Association would endorse drag queens reading to toddlers.
And 1969 was four years before Roe v. Wade.