A quiet kind of revolution

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But something many have forgotten

There’s more than merely meets the eye

A quiet kind of revolution

Is coming down on us from the sky

 

You can’t read about it in your textbook

You can’t see it on your TV screen

But just the same it’s all around us

And what’s more, it’s always been

 

So if you want to know about it

There’s one book you really ought to read

And take a walk in a virgin forest

And let the Maker let you see

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

He who has ears let him hear

The Kingdom of God

He who has eyes let him see

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

        — from “Matthew’s Blues” by John Fischer, 1970

It is a great comfort to know that what we see is not all that we get. “There’s more than merely meets the eye.” I open the newspaper every morning to a world that does not tell the whole story, and thank God it doesn’t. God’s hand is moving behind the scenes of history. That’s His kingdom and He is accomplishing what He set out to do.

Despite the division and the hatred that seems to be surfacing right now, there is a revolution going on — a spiritual revolution — among the millennials in this country. Talk to any of them and you will find out that they are not buying into the hate and the isolation that seem so rampant not only here but all over the world. They are much more interested in building bridges than walls. They don’t see the huge political divide that so many of our leaders are embroiled in. They have common values and they will work with anyone to help accomplish them. They don’t care what party you represent. (They don’t care a whole lot for politics, period.) They just want to get things done that are good for the planet and good for everyone on it. And they are very open to spiritual solutions.

We are on the brink of a spiritual revolution that will bring a fresh wind of the Spirit of God upon the world, not unlike the Jesus movement we experienced in the ‘60s and ‘70s, though much different. It will be different because the times, the people and the needs are different, but the freedom and the presence of God will be there. It is a movement of the Kingdom of God, and it, too, will happen all over the world. It’s already here, but like the Kingdom, it’s not easily seen. The Jesus movement was the Kingdom of God becoming visible for a moment in time. That may or may not happen again, but the revolution is on nonetheless. Look for it. Think about what you can do to help it along. Listen carefully to any millennials you know. Find out what they’re all about. Ask them questions about the Lord and the church.

There is a world within a world where God’s will is done consistently, all the time. It’s called the Kingdom of God, and we’re in it, but it can also show up where you least expect it.

I have finally found a way to live

Just like I never could before.Blindfaithalternate

I know that I don’t have much to give,

But I can open any door.

Everybody knows the secret,

Everybody knows the score.

I have finally found a place to live

In the presence of the Lord.

            from “Presence of the Lord” by Eric Clapton (Blind Faith), 1969

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5 Responses to A quiet kind of revolution

  1. Alma Siemens says:

    I think you’re onto something here, John.

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    I did a search on Millennials and God and was disappointed to see so many articles on Millennials leaving religion, not believing in God, etc.. Then I found this list about 47 things Christian Millennials consider important and I was very hopeful. If Many people in their age group come to know that this is what Christian Millennials are all about, they will get on board. I believe this is a very God inspired list of things.

    http://www.happysonship.com/christian-millennials/

  3. Sandie says:

    My husband and I left ‘religion’ more than 40 years ago, and within two years we both accepted Jesus as Savior. I’m thinking we had to be clear of the misconceptions and outright lies we had been taught from childhood, before we could see truth and acknowledge it as such.

  4. Gary says:

    John, I love it when you rant like this (a very Good Rant Indeed). The replies thus far, prove the truth of that. Meeting the Millennial where their at, watching the Holy Spirit speak to them, then and only then, the things that He says to them that needs to fall away from their lives, WILL through His Power. As it has for over 2000 years. Though they are Jew, Muslim, White or what ever Racist or race, Gay, and Hillbilly. Really Christians today have the upper hand, the Gospel. Sitting on our hand instead of raising them, stunts the effort, but the Power of God’s Love and Forgiveness will transform all willing to hear. It has to be spoken (or read) to be heard. Make the Effort, Effort, Effort. You and many others are. I am so very thankful. Thank You, Thank You and Thank You !!!

  5. Timothy says:

    No matter the age or people group you are in it’s all about Jesus always has been always will be

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