There’s a lot of buzz around a revival that has started at Asbury University in Kentucky as well as the “He Gets Us” commercials, but some people are skeptical. Critical even. (“We’ll see if that revival results in caring for others or if it’s just an extra-long church service.” “That $100 million ad campaign could have been used to feed the poor.”)
Here’s my two cents’ worth. At some point, we’re gonna need to lighten up on the criticism. True revival is about humility. People of faith have been counting on 2 Chronicles 7:14 in recent years. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Maybe it’s happening. Maybe it’s more about humility than pointing fingers at the wicked. Maybe good change is ahead.
And about that ad campaign. On one occasion, a woman used expensive perfume to wash the feet of Jesus and Judas complained that it could have been sold to feed the poor. Read John 12 to see how that turned out. What if those commercials speak volumes to even one person, no matter what the cost? Talk about priceless.
This train of thought might surprise you coming from someone like me who is all for feeding the poor, but we have better things to do than nitpicking. People longing for love don’t care about our arguments over revivals or commercials. Something way more important might be afoot, like the healing of our land, which would, of course, include caring for its people.