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Troubled world calls for new spiritual revival

October 12, 2011

Every time I watch the news, I am always amazed to hear the business news.

The stock market, for example, will make wild moves up or down based on information from the statistics the government sends out or by news from around the world.

When people talk about the economy, they speak about solutions that are so tied to the momentary needs and so few have a long-term solution.

It is obvious from all the reports that this world economic shaking compares to the trauma of the Great Depression. The statistics may not be as bad, but the impact (both in depth and width) certainly is.

By depth, I mean how deep the problem is and by width, how widespread the damage could be in the world.

When I was growing up, the Great Depression represented a watershed moment that required a great overhaul of how we did business.

Like today, there were obviously many opinions about the problem, but it was easily recognized as a structural one.

Just like today, it certainly could be seen as a moral problem, because many of the problems were brought about by improper actions and often motivated by the wrong things.

It could be argued that the solution for the Great Depression was World War II. The Second World War did two things: it opened a market for manufactured goods (in this case weapons) and it also provided a rallying point to pull the people together in a common interest.

Our common interest was simple—survival!

Hopefully, war will not be the catalyst for our recovery at this point in history.

Wouldn't it be something if we could rally together for our common good so that our country could turn another corner and begin the road to recovery?

The inspiration for this turn will certainly not come from our politicians. It seems that our politicians are symptoms of what ails us as a people.

The change of direction that we now need must come from a higher motive than someone just being elected to office.

I do not discount the value of the political system, but in order for it to succeed, it must be motivated by people who are demanding something besides personal interest.

Whether we are talking about special interest groups, or individual interests, self-centered motivation has become the norm in our society.

We need what the Bible calls a revival. A revival is the stirring of people outside themselves, a turning to something bigger than themselves. The stir can be a higher aspiration, but when we think that this high aspiration is our political agenda, it will often come back to being about us.

When God becomes our higher aspiration, it also opens us up to solutions that are not about us, but indeed something higher than us.

America has gone through many spiritual revivals in our history; time has proven that these revivals, though directed to God, have always brought about positive change in our country.

Even secular history books tell of the three great spiritual awakenings that have shaken our nation throughout our history.

I believe that it is time for another one of those awakenings, or revivals, as I am calling it.

This process not only corrects our actions to produce change, it motivates God to do something for us that we cannot do for ourselves.

The scripture says, "…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."

I am excited about that prospect and believe it is indeed on the horizon.

The Rev. Loren Covarrubias is pastor of Mt. Zion Church.