Christians pray for the souls of our lost brothers and sisters, and we ask the Lord to send revival to us. We ask, but we have not received. True revival is for God to shake this nation to its knees in adoration and repentance of sin. This clearly has not happened, and we have no national revival.
Instead, we are further from God than it seems we’ve ever been. God is blessing China and Cuba, Liberia, and even Muslim countries in the Middle East with supernatural revival and blessings in the face of severe persecution. But here in America, where we (still, largely) enjoy the benefits of freedom to publicly declare our beliefs, God is reduced to a political argument.
The issue of our day is not who can best quote the Bible or who is a more convincing Christian. Real people are dying; nearly 3,000 are murdered in cold blood each day, because they are unborn and considered “tissue” by medical professionals who sear their own souls with these tiny lives. In the Bible, God said to Cain, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” This is why we don’t have revival.
The last great national revival in America occurred during the Civil War, when the great sin was slavery. Abortion is the same sin, in a different garment. Declaring humans made in the image of God to be non-people, owned by others, their lives in the hands of a master—whether that master is benevolent or cruel—is a sin God will not tolerate.
Historian Gordon Leidner wrote of the power of God falling on both the Union and Confederate armies in the winter of 1863 in north Georgia and around Chattanooga. “The fires of revival continued for the Union troops in Ringgold, Georgia, where hundreds of men were baptized in Chickamauga Creek.”
Rev. C. W. Miller tells of a Confederate brigade retreating through Dalton who assembled together for worship in a field. They read the Bible aloud, sang a song of praise, and began to pray. They prayed as artillery rained down. “More shells shrieked towards them, and shrapnel fell nearby, but the men continued their prayers as if there was no danger. Finally the chaplain pronounced the benediction and everyone calmly sought cover.”
We are in a war right now, a civil war just as real as those who fought 150 years ago. A war for the lives of countless unborn babies who have done nothing wrong yet are considered unwanted fruit of a careless and promiscuous sex life. We have taken down the fences protecting life’s sanctity within marriage and family, and now we see the bitter results.
As I write this, Washington D.C. is blanketed under a snowstorm, yet it’s Friday, and the March for Life will take place, rain, snow, or shine. The army marching on the Capitol realizes that revival cannot fall unless the battle is joined.
It will hardly be necessary for Americans to fight another shooting war, but we must fight using the tools we have at our disposal. I am a one issue voter: if a candidate cannot solidly stand for life and against abortion, I cannot support him or her. This is a non-negotiable and unmovable position. I will not be taken in by empty statements, half-truths, or platitudes. Either someone seeking office is on God’s side of the issue, or they are not. Planned Parenthood does some “good things” will not cut it, period.
Revivalist Jonathan Edwards wrote in his fiery sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”:
It is no security to a natural man, that he is now in health, and that he does not see which way he should now immediately go out of the world by any accident, and that there is no visible danger in any respect in his circumstances. The manifold and continual experience of the world in all ages, shows this is no evidence, that a man is not on the very brink of eternity, and that the next step will not be into another world…. Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight, and these places are not seen.
Christians must stand together on this. God wants to end abortion. Either you stand with Him—including your politics—or perhaps you should check the ground beneath your feet before taking another step.