Over the last two weeks there has been a revival happening in the area where I live. Every evening around sun down I can hear singing and worship happening on the streets. One evening a few people seem to walk the streets of my community preaching as they walk, praying for the streets.
I found this to be quite admirable in a time where it seems the churches have shut themselves away behind closed doors.
When I was growing up my sister was a missionary, she and other fellow Christians would often have street revivals in my settlement, sometimes in front of my grandmother’s house or sometimes out front, in what could be considered the town center.
They had no fancy set up; there might be a mic and an electrical amplifier with an electrical cord running from a nearby house and a loud-speaker. But these were relatively frequent with various groups having revivals in various settlements.
What has happened to the street revival?
I think having witnessed these revivals as a child has made me somewhat cynical about what passes for a revival in Nassau today. Nowadays, a revival is a huge tent set up away from the community with a guest pastor who gets paid thousands of
dollars to speak. It seems everybody is interested in comfort and luxury. The tent revival is just another church building in my opinion.
Who attends these services? The same people who attend church. Its like another event, something else to do, like a field trip in school. What is the purpose? They’re essentially preaching to the choir. The rivals I saw growing up were about bringing GOD to a community that had a lot of drug dealers and ungodly activity.
Shouldn’t that be the purpose? To go where the sinners are?
No matter how many invitations are extended. No matter how welcoming your church is, the majority (99%) will never just walk into your church. The church has to go where they are. Be present on their street corners, in their communities, knocking on their doors.
A powerful message is needed
There are hundreds of churches in Nassau, You can barely travel half a mile without seeing one. And that’s not counting the gatherings of people in buildings that cannot be readily identified as a church. What would happen if these churches declared a year of street revivals?
Imagine ten to twenty persons gather in praise and worship on various street corners throughout Nassau. Bringing a message of hope, love, peace and repentance to every community. This would be a powerful, powerful message.
In Matthew 18:20 Jesus said to his disciples;
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them
I’m not a Christian but I recognize the need for GOD on these streets. As a country we set new murder records in 4 of the past 5 years and crime is up across the spectrum. In January we had 12 murders which put us on pace for another record year.
When will the churches step up, or step out of their edifices and lead the people? When will they send a powerful message that they will not standby, idle, while The Bahamas descends into a pit?