Judgment or Revival?
Posted on August 3, 2012
Western culture is in dire — that is to say, depraved — straits. But we’ve been in dire straits before. As recently as 70 years ago, fascism and National Socialism were engulfing Europe while England stood nearly alone in opposition and America quibbled about what role to play (or not). A massive world war shattered liberal illusions of the inevitable progress of humanity (just as it had in 1914), but during and after the war, God sent a sweeping revival (imperfect, to be sure, but genuine nonetheless) that characterized what has been labeled The Greatest Generation. That generation is old and dying, and with it the lessons of 1935–1960; but God’s truth is not old and dying, and if His people called by His name will humble themselves and pray and seek His face and forsake their evil ways, He will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14). Today’s cultural evils are pervasive — euthanasia, pornography, radical feminism, machismo, covenant-breaking, materialism, Darwinism, fornication, multiculturalism, religious pluralism, homosexuality, chemical addictions, socialism, libertinism, and on and on)
Whether God unleashes judgment or revival depends on the response of His people.