-Revival Issues: America is Like Nazareth? It’s a Matter of Honor

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“And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them.” -Mark 6:5  (ESV)

“…for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” -1 Sam 2:30-31 (ESV)

Is America like Nazareth? So much of the time we get excited when a few sick people are healed while blind eyes see and the dead are raised in Africa and the lame walk in other places around the world. It reminds me of the ministry of Jesus and all of the miracles he did except when he went home to Nazareth. There he was only able to heal a few sick folks.

We send missionaries to India and they lay hands on folks and the blind see and the lame walk but the minute they come back home it no longer works in the same way. Why it that? It is obviously a different faith atmosphere and jurisdiction.

We live in a secular culture that no longer honors Jesus and it even rubs off on those of us who are Christians. The church in America thinks we know all about Jesus and we even have him clearly boxed up and defined in 1,000’s of books that have been written over the years.

There are even many Bible teachers here that have taught and have theologically concluded that miracles ended in the first century when the Bible was completed and the Apostles died out since they personally never saw any. Since they rarely happen here we have concocted all sorts of theological reasons for it. The only problem, around the world for nearly 2,000 years folks continue to be healed in the name of Jesus and in every generation the miracles have continued.

Intellectually we think we know Jesus and what he can do and in our case not do. We even pray- “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth” and have no clue what that might really involve.

Whereas major healings and miracles seem to be a natural part of the Gospel in the 3rd world here in America and much of the West we assign them to the separate category of  the ‘supernatural’. Then Western philosophers seriously argue over whether there is even such a thing or not.

However, any evangelist or minister that travels to India, Africa, or the 3rd world will confirm that major healings and miracles still take place all the time even if they cannot duplicate them when they get back to the states.

It is all matter of expectations and world view –but ultimately it is really about faith and honor. Jesus is no longer honored in the public square in America – guess where revival must go. Jesus is no longer honored in our schools and colleges -guess where revival must go. Jesus is no longer honored in our businesses –guess where revival must go. Jesus is no longer honored in our neighborhoods –guess where revival must go. Jesus is no longer honored in many of our homes in America –guess where revival must start.

Jesus is honored in our churches for a short time on Sunday –guess when revival must happen in America –Monday through Saturday.            *Top

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3 Responses to -Revival Issues: America is Like Nazareth? It’s a Matter of Honor

  1. Great last line. Perhaps a tweak in definition is necessary–revival: when Jesus breaks out of Sunday’s shell and runs rampant on Monday through Saturdays.

  2. Thanks slw, good observation and comment as usual.

  3. Miracles are often accompanied by unusual, unexpected, unplanned, and even by “odd” things; and since most ministers want respectability before else (along with a predictable income), they shy away from anything that appears faintly out of the ordinary. “Miracles are nice provided they fit into our schedules, budgets, and gameplans. And, occasionally, it is nice when a visiting missionary gives a talk that includes the mention of such things, especially when we’re needing to drum up bigger contributions for the offerings.”

    Secondly, the level of faith out there in America may actually be greater than you imagine. What is lacking is that “catalyst” that pushes the tipping point over, that “precipitates” things so to speak at the “messy edge”. Sometimes a few individuals come around that can recognize and apply the catalyst (e.g. “Mother’s Day” at John Wimber’s church). Unfortunately, most pastors don’t recognize what is happening in spiritual realm.

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