Monday, July 7, 2014
Revival leads to reformation
“Why? You have been ordering shrines for your best employees for the past 20 years,” Demetrius may have asked. The business leader would respond, “Well, Demetrius, I have been wanting to talk to you about this. I believe in Jesus of Nazareth now. He is my king. He has changed my life, and, well, I don’t even have a shrine in my own house or business any more. I got rid of them.”
Multiply that by the number of households and business owners that believed in Christ, and you see how it began to hurt the bottom line of those who profited from idolatry. I was trying to think of a modern comparison, and remembered a statistic I heard years ago about legalized gambling. George Will wrote in 1999, “Last year, Americans spent about $7 billion on movie tickets, $26 billion on books of all sorts, $450 billion on groceries. Gamblers in America wagered more than $630 billion legally in state lotteries, casinos, slot machines, video poker etc.” If you combine that total with the estimated $350 billion Americans spend every year on illegal gambling, the total approaches one trillion dollars.
So, I wonder. What would happen if the gambling casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City had to close because revival brought reformation? What would happen if the smut industry went under because the majority of those who buy the magazines and the videos and download the garbage off of the Internet suddenly stopped because they were radically saved? What would happen? Would to God that it did!
Here we stand, 238 years young as a nation, desperately in need of revival. As in Ephesus, revival can come to America when followers of Christ put to death our own idolatry. When that happens, and the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection is proclaimed and lived, I believe we will finally see one nation, under God. Lord, “Will you not revive us again?”