Restoring Honor: A New American Awakening?
By Jeff Lukens
anything good can be said about the progressive left controlling our
government, it's that their astonishingly brazen and heavy-handed
tactics may have aroused the American people into a new spiritual
awakening. With basic liberties under assault, we are seeing a revival
of values that have been dormant for a long time.
great moment in this country, when real progress is made, there was a
spiritual awakening. The
Restoring Honor Rally in Washington D.C. on August 28 may be the one
of those moments. The rally’s organizer is radio and television
personality Glenn Beck. Beck says that our country’s troubles cannot be
solved by the same methods that got us into this mess. Like an old time
revivalist, he says “We must call upon God, and He will see us through.”
message is resonating. As many as a half-million people could attend the
rally. Beck and his audience generally agree that this is a country of
divine providence, a country of American exceptionalism, and that God
has a special purpose for this land. And like the Founders, we too can
call upon divine providence to overcome our nation’s troubles.
Founders were all people of great faith who saw America as a new
promised land. The popular myth is that they were not religious is not
true. They believed in divine providence, and that if they relied upon
God, then God would set things right.
Founders knew that besting the most powerful army in the world in battle
did not happen by accident. Nor was it an accident that they came
together with like mind to agree to a lasting foundation of governance
in the U.S. Constitution.
have been major periods of revival, or Great Awakenings, in American
history. The first occurred in the quest for independence. The
Declaration of Independence and other founding documents frequently
refer to freedom and divine providence. The Founders saw the two
concepts as interrelated. Another Great Awakening began in the early
1800s, and reached its climax with the Civil War and the abolition of
America in the 1830s, Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville was surprised by
the religious atmosphere and noted that, "Freedom sees religion as the
companion of its struggles and triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, and
the divine source of its rights." Tocqueville's observation was simply
that, for America, tyranny may be able to do without faith, but liberty
cannot. This point is as timely today as ever.
days, faith in God as the Provider of all human rights is an alien
concept to many of our fellow citizens. Many think their rights come
from government. Our Constitution is ignored as something that is
quaintly out of date and can be rhetorically contorted to fit any
be that only after a calamity of such unspeakable proportions that
enough people will adjust their attitude toward faith and the founding
principles that a renewal can take place? We may soon find out.
economy as bad as it is, imagine what happens when Baby Boomers begin
retiring as the Social Security and Medicare systems simultaneously go
broke. This looming financial crisis, among many others, threatens the
everyday freedoms we take for granted.
government spends trillions it does not have. When hyperinflation turns
our dollars into Monopoly money, the resulting civil disorder could be
unimaginable. Savings accounts will be wiped out, commerce could break
down, and within a short time there could be anarchy in the streets. In
their shortsightedness, “compassionate” politicians will probably then
step in with price controls to “protect the people against greedy
businessmen.” The resulting shortages on the store shelves could then
reduce the lives of many people into a desperate search for such basic
items as food and water.
no easy answers to what lies ahead. Life as we know it could be dangling
by a thread. People already sense trouble and are starting to pay
attention. They are beginning to realize we don’t need a transformed
nation, we need a restored nation. And that only happens by a
transformation of individual attitudes and beliefs.
we should heed the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “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 will I hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
is Mormon, is calling people across all religious denominations to
participate in an American revival. Like the Founders, we can differ
theologically and still agree in the common cause of liberty.
prompts his audience daily: “We must begin by seeking God... The Hand of
God will save this country... We must choose today how we are going to
live... To be a free people implies we must be a responsible people...
We must be involved... We lose freedom by not valuing it as a gift from
God... If America perishes, where will the world run? Who stand against
tyranny when we are gone? A new dark age will come.”
message of American renewal speaks to you, come join us at the steps of
the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, and be a part of “Restoring Honor” to