"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ." —Patrick Henry
America is at a crossroads—one of the most critical moments in her history. For the first time in my life I can see the possibility of our Constitution and Bill of Rights being discarded and replaced in the midst of a national emergency.
This could happen for two reasons: (1) because of lawless public officials who do not respect the rule of law or the American Constitution; and (2) because of an American populace that has no sense of the nation's overt Christian origins and the important role of her founding documents and are, therefore, susceptible to such a radical change. As God said in Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
The Crisis Is Real
For the first time in my life I can see the possibility of a national chaotic situation in which our president declares a national emergency and refuses to step down when his time in office is up. He then uses his "emergency" powers to call a new Constitutional convention to create a modern and more relative Constitution to replace the old, "outdated" one.
If you think such could never happen, consider a recent article in the New York Times that noted, "The Constitution has seen better days ... its influence is waning." The liberal Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, reflected this contemptuous attitude toward the American Constitution when she told an Egyptian television audience, "I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012."
Noting this growing disdain for the Constitution, Professor Steven Hayward asked, "Is there any doubt that if liberals had their way, they would junk the U.S. Constitution and install one that enshrines liberal ideology?"
A national crisis could provide the perfect storm within which a Constitutional change could occur. Commenting on this, an article in the Wall Street Journal noted, "The thing about a crisis is that it creates a sense of urgency. Actions that once appeared optional suddenly seem essential." Remember, a liberal mantra is, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."
There Is Hope
But in the midst of the current crisis, there is hope. In the midst of the darkness, there is light. God still rules among the nations of the earth. Psalm 33:12 that reads, "Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord is still true."
But our hope cannot be in a politician or a political party. Our hope must be in God Himself and His promises to His people. The only thing that will save America at this time is what has saved her through so many crises in her past—a great, national spiritual awakening. Is such an awakening possible?
A Personal Visitation
In 2010 I experienced a visitation from the Lord in which it was made clear to me that America could see another great, national spiritual awakening. Like many today, I had given up hope that such an awakening could ever occur. But one hot summer day as I began a leisure drive to preach in another city, my mind and heart suddenly and unexpectedly began to be flooded with hopeful, faith-filled thoughts that America could see another Great Awakening.
For the next two hours I was overwhelmed with a sense of God's presence and my mind was continually flooded with thoughts of how America could see another great, national Spiritual awakening. By the time I reached my hotel I was so excited I could hardly wait to get out my PC and began to write and articulate the new hope for America I had just received. Out of that experience I wrote the book America's Revival Heritage, published in 2012.
Let's See America Revived
Just recently, through a series of providential occurrences, it was made clear to me that I am to begin presenting "Revive America" events for the purpose of laying the biblical and historical foundation for another national, spiritual awakening. This will involve showing the radical Christian origins of our nation and the Christian context of its founding documents.
Most of all, it will involve calling God's people to a new consecration, and imploring them to pray and believe for another Great Awakening that will revive and renew the churches of America, impact our culture and stem the tide of secularism, immorality and false religion that is flooding our land.
Yes, a revived America is possible, for, as Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, with God all things are possible.
Eddie Hyatt is a Bible teacher, church historian and author who holds a Doctor of Ministry from the School of Divinity at Regent University. He has specialized in researching spiritual awakenings in church history and in American history, and he has a passion to see authentic spiritual awakening in this generation.