Hope for a nation: Greatest need is spiritual, not political


I love America, don't you? With all of its faults and all of its flaws, I believe it is still the greatest country on the face of the earth.

I also believe that, as Christians, we should be responsible citizens. We should register and we should vote. We should be active participants in this government that is "of the people, by the people and for the people."

However, sometimes we may expect the occupant of the White House, or government in general, to do too much for us. We need to understand that the greatest need in our country is not political; it is spiritual. We need a spiritual awakening.

There was a revival that broke out during the days of the prophet Jonah when he preached to Nineveh. The revival started among the people and ultimately affected the king, who also joined in. A lot of times we think electing a new president or creating a new law will bring a sense of revival. But revival needs to start with God's people. We need to wake up to what it means to be real followers of Jesus Christ.

Revival is a work of the Holy Spirit; it's not something we ourselves can make happen. Revival is God's responsibility. It's what God does for us. But listen to this: Evangelism is what we do for God. Preaching the gospel is our responsibility. Christ commissioned us to go into the world and spread the Good News.

So revival is important, and we should pray for an awakening in our country where Americans turn back to God. Not whatever they would like God to be, but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of the Bible. The God that loved us so much He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins and rise again from the dead.

America needs to turn back to the Lord again, and we should be praying for that, but in the meantime, we should be busy about the work that He has given to us. We cannot make a revival happen, but we can make evangelism happen. We can start those conversations. We can share the love of Christ. We can invite friends to hear the message of the Bible. So let's pray for God to do a great work of revival in our country, but let's do our part. Let's fulfill the Great Commission together. Here's one way to do that:

Harvest America
What if on one day, God's church made a concerted effort to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to its friends and neighbors all across the country? Well it's happening, and it's happening soon. On Aug. 26, the Harvest Crusade in Anaheim will be streamed live to more than 1,200 churches and venues, where believers all over America have invited their non-believing friends to listen.

As I preach the gospel to a stadium of people in Anaheim, people will be listening in every state of the Union and will be given a chance to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. This is more than just a webcast; each of these venues has been trained and equipped to respond and follow up with those who make decisions for Christ when the invitation is given. It will be a nationwide proclamation of the gospel followed by nationwide discipleship of new believers.

It's going to be epic, and there's still time to get involved! It's not too late to be a part of evangelistic history. Here are three ways you can participate.

First and foremost, you can pray. More than 7,000 individuals have told us that they are praying for Harvest America and have listed almost 50,000 names of people they are praying will come to Christ through this event.

Abiding hope
You can invite others and spread the word—whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, email, your personal blog, other social media or word-of-mouth, you can let others know what's happening.

Best of all, you can attend. The event is free, and there are locations everywhere!

You can find a location near you, invite a friend, join the prayer effort and so much more at harvestamerica.com.

I have hope for America, and I want to be used by the Lord to share that hope with the entire nation. Do you?

Catch the excitement surrounding Harvest America by watching a new music video from the Harvest Worship Band. You can view and download their song "Hope for America" for free by clicking the Resources tab at www.harvestamerica.com

Greg Laurie is founder of Harvest Crusades and Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. Since 1990, more than 4.4 million people have attended Harvest Crusades in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and more than 370,900 people have registered decisions of faith in Jesus Christ.

Published, August 2012
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