Rare is the person who wants hell to exist because they need it for themselves. We need hell as a convenient place to put all the people we hate. As an option for ourselves and our loved ones, well, hell becomes a lot less popular.
In Lynchburg they aimed to fellowship, and to reaffirm their values — but also to serve as a thorn in the side of those who promote a conservative brand of their faith that has aligned itself with President Trump.
We need an altar call that invites us into a third way and an aisle that leads us to the love of neighbor. We need a raised hand declaring the decision to live for good news that is good for all people.
Revivalism is a very American way of responding to social crisis. The revivals of the Second Great Awakening called for conversion to Jesus that went beyond personal piety and the promise of heaven.