In 2008, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) invited my wife and me to a harvest weekend following a two-year evangelism project called the Minha Esperança (My Hope) campaign.
The election of this evangelical pastor was no accident. His election is the fruit of people of faith laboring in a field ‘white unto harvest’.
BGEA was able to unite 52,072 churches representative of 11 denominations and train and mobilize 843,320 lares Mateus (Matthew homes) that hosted three nights of televised broadcasts. Frances and I attended three different home meetings in Baptist, Methodist and Charismatic homes. The Charismatic church’s population doubled in one weekend as spiritual hunger moved people to something real.
Brazilians were following socialism, hoping for a better life. The end of socialism has been disastrous for them.
According to Gospel+, a Brazilian Christian publication published the following year, “More than 340,000 people decided to follow Jesus after watching the three programs.” [Original article in Portuguese http://ow.ly/nfJV305GKPG]
Brazil is very much like Texas. The Sao Paulo metroplex has over 33 million residents (Texas has 28 million). Starbucks, Gallerias, and so much more would make you feel right at home.
ObamaCare, aka HillaryCare, is a ‘loss-leader’ in the personal satisfaction marketplace. Socialism will forever be an economic theory because it has never been and can never be proven.
However, Christianity is a proven path to fulfillment, hope, and personal satisfaction. It was upon the principles of Christianity that our nation was founded and these principles have sustained us. At least up to this point in time.
Donald Trump’s campaign has excited millions of Americans and he will most probably become our next president. So, I have to ask, is Mr. Trump our savior? Can he extricate us from the inevitable bankruptcy of socialistic policies? I say, no.
Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
As it was thousands of years ago in ancient Israel, King Ahab’s time of rule was marked by sin and immorality, much as our beloved America is today. As atheism, homosexuality, and lawless government are the rule and not the exception. Then as now, the prophets of God are scorned by religious leaders across this land.
I see a change coming our way, change in my own life and changes in the lives of my fellow Americans.
God’s Spirit is behind the rebirth of Christianity in Latin America, not government policies. If America is to survive, We the People of the United States of America must look also to God’s Holy Spirit for guidance.
As it is written, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” (words of Jesus, John 16:13) And, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (words of the Apostle Paul, Romans 8:14)
How can you know experientially that Jesus, the Spirit of God, is working in you? Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Simple one-word phenomenon: Grace.
While I am thankful Americans have seen the failures of socialism and false ‘hope and change’, it is my hope that we will be looking to the Author of Life as our hope.
Perhaps there will be a new book written in the near future titled, “The Rebirth of North American Christianity”