The Great Awakening

 

Since I heard this contagious song by contemporary Christian group Leeland, I find myself thinking about the phrase The Great Awakening. Certainly, like me, you’ve heard of the great awakening in history class, but again, perhaps like me, you’ve never really given it much thought. I think we should. I think we should give the notion of a movement of human beings inspired by the energy of the Holy Spirit a lot of thought. It could happen again you know.

Wikepedia tells us that the term Great Awakening is often used to refer to several periods of spiritual revival in American religious history. Historians and theologians identify three or four waves of increased religious enthusiasm occurring between the early 18th century and the late 19th century. Each of these “Great Awakenings” was characterized by widespread revivals led by:

  • charismatic ministers,
  • a sharp increase of interest in religion,
  • a profound sense of conviction and redemption on the part of those affected,
  • an increase in church membership,
  • and the formation of new religious movements and denominations.

Personally I think the last thing we need is more religion. Certainly we don’t need yet another religious denomination. Right? But, what about a spiritual revival, the likes of which we have never seen. I’m thinking such a revival starts much like Leeland sings:

One man wakes, awakens another. Second one wakes his next door brother. Three awake can rouse a town. And turn the whole place upside down. Many awake will cause such a fuss. It finally awakes all of us. One man wakes with dawn in his eyes. Surely then it multiplies. Surely then it multiplies.

Please God. May such a awakening be upon us. May we be fully awake. May we wake another …..

Peace friends,

Chuck

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