As I watch on C-span the Glen Beck rally in Washington D.C. I'm struck with the contradiction between man's approach to change and the plan that God gave us in the Bible to bring about lasting change. While man opts for "events" such as this rally, God's emphasis is on the individual; each one reaching and discipling one (Matt. 28:18-20) The result of disciple-making is that each disciple is then empowered to make disciples, and a movement is set in motion, not just an event. Jesus set the example for us in that He spent the majority of His time discipling and equipping a small group of men. Although He did, on occasion, speak to multitudes, the bulk of His time was invested in His disciples.
If the money and man power that went into this rally were expended through disciple-making churches to train, equip and send out disciples of Jesus through our nation, lasting change would result. Once this rally is over, it is over. However, a disciple-making movement will continue to expand across space and time until the whole world is changed.
Please understand, I'm not against the rally I'm watching. I'm pleased that God is being honored by most of those featured in the rally. I'm just saying that we (Christians) have spent thousands of years trying to improve on the un-improvable; the GREAT COMMISSION. For our country to become GREAT, the individuals who make up the country must become GREAT, and that only happens as Christ is LORD in each individual heart. That only happens as we "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded YOU." Only then are we promised the presence of Christ with us to the end of the age.
We are so caught up in the "newest, biggest, most creative" approaches that we overlook the only approach that is promised the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
America, we must also pay attention to the places on our planet where the Spirit of God is moving mightily. Most of these places are what we call, "third world" countries. Most of them have endured untold horrors, and yet have persevered through the strength of God. We have forgotten not only the GREAT COMMISSION, but also the suffering that disciples through the ages have endured so that we might have freedom. Fulfilling the GREAT COMMISSION will not be without suffering, but it is the ONLY WAY that America will be restored.