08 February 2010

America's Third Great Awakening?

"America’s prior Great Awakenings, in the 18th and 19th Centuries, were religious in nature. Unimpressed with self-serving, ossified, and often corrupt religious institutions, Americans responded with a bottom-up reassertion of faith, and independence."

"This time, it’s different.  It’s not America’s churches and seminaries that are in trouble:  It’s America’s politicians and parties.  They’ve grown corrupt, venal, and out-of-touch with the values, and the people, that they’re supposed to represent.  So the people, once again, are reasserting themselves."

More here.


Chaps said...

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Declaration of Independence

Stephen Clay McGehee said...

I truly hope this is the beginning of a "Great Awakening". On the other hand, as one who was very active in politics during the "Reagan Revolution", I know that without a good solid cultural foundation to support such a change, it will collapse in a few short years. Nothing changes until the culture changes, and I have not seen any evidence that large numbers of people are willing to make the kind of changes that such a cultural shift would require. The reason that the Reagan Revolution is now just a footnote in history is because it was lead by a relatively small group of leaders who looked back and found that people were no longer following when they were distracted by other ideas.

People are motivated by their feelings rather than reality. Politicians know this, and they are very skilled at manipulating it. At this point, politicians are still trying to figure this whole Tea Party thing out. Once they do, you will see them race to the front of the line and act like they are leading the people. They will then gently nudge the people back into line. There is an enormous amount of power at stake here - don't think the politicians will just roll over and watch the power return to the people without a fight.

I am not optimistic about the eventual outcome. America has turned its back on God, and God has replied in kind. Without God's blessings on America, the future does not look bright. There are victories now and there will be more victories along the way, but the outcome always favors those who have accumulated political power.

Lawrence Underwood said...

My concern is that each of these 'Great Awakenings' since the first move further and further from Orthodoxy. What happened during the Second laid the groundwork for much of the troubles in the middle part of the 19th century both in the church and in the political arena. Now, we are seeing a potential groundswell of 'conservatism' apart from Revealed Truth. We no longer have an orthodox theological basis upon which to build / rebuild a culture. That does not bode well for its outcome.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I don't necessarily disagree. The downward spiral is a natural one but gets into a lot of theological positions that are best discussed elsewhere, e.g. eschatology, etc.

The positive I would want to keep in mind is the fact that the first great awakening prepared America for its war with England, the second for the WBTS, and, of course, the revivals and conversions that occurred in the AoNVA prepared the South for rebuilding after the WBTS.

It is a rather complex subject.