Revival in America

As the Chinese “Wuhan” virus spreads, local shutdown orders have “closed” churches across America. Yet shuttering churches has not caused people to lose interest in religion. Rather, the disease seems to be causing people to reconsider their relationship with God.

McLaughlin & Associates conducted a survey from March 23 to March 26 of 1,000 likely American voters. It showed that 5 percent of respondents believed the Chinese “Wuhan” virus and the economic meltdown were signs of God’s “coming judgment.” Another 17 percent believed it was a “wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God.” And another 22 percent believed the pandemic was both a sign of “coming judgment” and a “wake-up call.”

Altogether, 44 percent of Americans believe God is using the “pandemic” to send a message.

“The #coronavirus in the #US has also caused many millions of Americans to turn religion, even those who consider themselves atheists.” https://t.co/XBJ1QCfEAr — The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) April 2, 2020

Twenty-nine percent of poll respondents believed coronavirus and the economic meltdown were “signs that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days.” If these numbers are representative of America’s 153 million registered voters, then 44 million voters believe we are “living in the last days”, and 67 million believe God is using coronavirus “to get our attention.”

These beliefs are causing many to take action. The survey indicated that 40 percent of Christ followers were listening to “online” sermons, searching for information about Bible prophecy, or reading their Bibles more often. The same held true for 22 percent of America’s “non-Christians.”

Other sources have confirmed this trend. Pew Research data shows that 55 percent of Americans are praying for an end to the pandemic, including 86 percent of those who regularly pray daily and 15 percent of those who seldom pray. About 6 percent of “agnostics” polled admitted to praying to a God they were not sure “existed” to stop the virus. According to research from the University of Copenhagen, there has been a 40 percent spike in Google searches on “prayer” worldwide.

“From @WSJopinion: Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event, writes @rwnicholson_ https://t.co/EPpOc95Ui1 — The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) March 28, 2020

A Wall Street Journal op-ed titled A Coronavirus Great Awakening? noted: “Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event. For societies founded on the biblical tradition, cataclysms need not mark the end. They are a call for repentance and revival. Will Americans, shaken by the reality of a risky universe, rediscover the God who proclaimed Himself sovereign over every catastrophe?”

That is a good question that more people need to be asking. The Bible reveals that God is using the virus pandemic as a “wake-up call.” God wants to restore to humanity the awesome potential that Adam and Eve turned their backs on. He wants to convert the heart of every person in the world, to help us see our error in going the wrong way, and instill in us a love for His way.

In 2 Peter 3:9 NIV it says “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” That is His goal: “to bring us to repentance.”

Repentance is different from what most people imagine. It is not a fleeting emotional feeling nor an academic acknowledgment that God is “sovereign over every catastrophe.” Repentance is comparing yourself to the goodness of God and then completely changing the direction of your life by striving to obey God’s law (Matthew 3:8 NIV; Romans 2:4 NIV).

America experienced a superficial “religious revival” after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on New York City. Churches, synagogues and other houses of worship were filled for a few weeks after the terrorist attacks. But people soon went back to their previous way of life after it seemed the danger had passed. That is not the kind of repentance God is looking for.

Most Christian leaders are not really encouraging people to repent. One religious “adviser” in the Trump administration said recently that God was not “judging” America today because “America is not, by and large, characterized by people who are unfaithful to God’s precepts. Conversely, there is only a small minority of individuals who are grossly disobedient to God.”

Yet curses like “coronavirus” and the “economic meltdown” prove that there are far fewer “truly obedient” Americans than this religious adviser supposes. The Bible warns in 1 Corinthians 10:12 NIV, “ So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”  The same Bible that prophesies of pandemics (Matthew 24:7 NIV), also reveals there will be a “religious revival” in end-times before Jesus Christ returns. But it will include many “false” preachers.

The fact that more Americans are becoming interested in the Bible and God’s plan for mankind is fantastic news. But a religious “awakening” also means that people need to be especially “on guard” against false teachers as mentioned in Isaiah 30:9-10 NIV “For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. They say to the seers, See no more visions! and to the prophets, Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.”

Some 67 million Americans believe God is using the China “Wuhan” virus to get their attention, yet they are bombarded with a cacophony of contradictory messages about what God wants from America. “Don’t believe me; don’t take my word. Believe God; believe your Bible.” That is the key to differentiating between God’s true warning message and false ministers who “prophesying deceits.”

As religion takes on a bigger and bigger role in American politics, this is vital for understanding physical and spiritual survival. Time is of essence.

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