Genuine revival is the only way we can change the spiritual temperature of our society. (Getty Images)
Rioting. Racial unrest. Drug abuse ruining a generation. War in the Middle East. Christians under siege from rampant secularism.
Does this sound familiar?
I'm not describing 2017, although all these exist in today's culture. I'm describing the 1960s, with Americans divided over the Vietnam War, Israel attacked by its Arab neighbors, a youth culture that celebrated drugs and free sex, and racial unrest—including riots after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Things were so bad, Time magazine's April 8, 1966, cover story asked, "Is God Dead?"
Yet amid this terrible time, the Lord stepped in. Fifty years ago, He launched two massive, under-the-radar revivals that I believe changed the course of our nation.
In 1967, a group of Duquesne University nuns and college students received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, igniting the widespread Catholic Charismatic Renewal. This massive movement even affected our choice of this magazine's name (because the Catholics were the first to use "charismatic" to describe the gifts).
The other revival, now known as the Jesus Movement, touched hundreds of thousands of hippie-type young people, whose fervor moved from radical rebellion to radical obedience to Christ. Many of today's Christian leaders came to Christ during this period, and the movement also impacted me.
During this same era, Israel won the West Bank and, in 1967, reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. I once heard ...