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.
As we reorient ourselves toward Christ in this season of Lent, we must remember that doing so tangibly and fundamentally means reorienting ourselves toward our neighbor.
The tenets of true freedom, divine dignity, and equality for all are the ultimate obstacles to conservative evangelical Christianity’s battle to take the hill and lord itself over our country.
Today the colonizing spirit leads Christian conferences to flash all (or nearly all) white speaker lineups without a blush, promote white worship music as the gold Christian standard around the world, and build mega churches in the mold of mega malls and amusement parks that serve hundreds of thousands music and scripture disconnected from parishioners’ local contexts and needs.