Thoughts on the Way Home

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Distractions and Revival

Al Baker wrote a good article on the subject of revival. I found the following section especially rich. - mv

"...all of these revivals, including the ones happening currently, occurred in the absence of modernity. By modernity I mean all of our modern conveniences — twenty-four hour sports, news, weather, and movies, internet, cell phones, iPods, etc. Even the awakenings occurring in China, Algeria, India, and Iran are largely among the poor, those who do not have access to our modern conveniences. Why is this? I suggest our affluence and all it buys is killing us spiritually. There is too much noise, too many distractions, too many 'lesser' things to steal away our hearts from sincere devotion to Jesus. We are too easily satisfied with 'cotton candy' when we need a nutritional meal. You know how it goes — you purpose to be more earnest in prayer and Bible study and attending your small group weekly covenant group, but you cannot resist the desire to sit in front of your computer until midnight, looking at Facebook or checking out various news or sports websites. So you are too tired in the morning to spend time with God or to make it to your weekly men’s group. And more importantly, even if you observe your spiritual disciplines you find very often that your heart is not in them, that you have grown cold toward Christ, that your burden for the lost is non-existent. You are more disturbed by your team losing the big game on Saturday than you are by the truth that thousands die daily and go to hell."