We Are Not Walking Alone
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There is a hunger in people to know the truth.
I think it’s God given.
This life we live is all about us discovering that truth and operating within it.
Kathy and I went to the movie “Jesus Revolution” last night.
Kelsey Grammar is one of the main characters and he’s great in the film.
The movie centers around a pretty famous pastor named Greg Laurie.
He was part of the “Calvary Chapel” church in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
In 1971, I think it was, Time Magazine did a huge article on “The Jesus Revolution” one of histories most profound christian movements.
It got me thinking a lot about church, God, movements and how man’s ego seems to destroy the good things Jesus is trying to do.
Kathy and I left the institutional church so long ago I can’t even tell you how many years it’s been.
I was too young to be part of the Jesus Revolution but I remember it.
Hippies and counter culture types were not finding the truth in drugs and rock and roll and instead found it in a movement that centered around acceptance, belonging and discovering your purpose. The Jesus Revolution.
In the film they talk about how divided the country was at the time and young people were lost.
Jesus always tends to lean towards the lost and vice-versa.
If they were divided and lost in the early 70’s what would they say about the place we’re in as a nation today?
Maybe it’s time for another Jesus Revolution?
I’m certainly not talking about everyone flocking back to an institution.
In the 70’s these folks were meeting in tents, getting baptized in the bay and were too big for the institution. They were also unacceptable to the institution for important things like their long hair, bare feet and free spirit.
For a few moments I was thinking “Man I’d like to be part of something like that.”
But the movie is not all fluff and glamor the reality sets in at the end where ego’s get involved and things start to fall apart with the movement.
I wonder what happened to the “Jesus Freaks?”
I met pastor Greg Laurie one time when he brought his “Harvest Festival” to Eugene, Oregon. I was a news anchor at the time and was invited to introduce him and give a short 10 minute talk at the opening ceremony.
Behind the scenes, in the backroom before the event started, I remember not being all that impressed with him. He reminded me of pastors that start thinking too much about the product and not enough about the man, Jesus. Now, I could be wrong and that is my take. Perceptions are tainted and mine could be but that’s what I felt.
As I sit here thinking about this I wonder that the world is not ready for another Jesus Revolution. But how do you do that without all the trappings and bullshit?
Man has given Jesus a bad rap and we continue to make Him into a fairytale rather than a man who loved people so much He led them to God.
Jesus was all about the misfits. He didn’t hangout with world leaders or church leaders, as I recall they trumped up charges against him, beat and tortured him and killed him on a cross. No, not exactly friend material. Jesus was a man for the common man.
There are so many out here who feel afraid, unaccepted, depressed, suicidal, addicted to something and alone. I honestly believe we are ripe for a truth awakening. People are done with the hype, the ego’s, the lies, the manipulation.
We awoke when culture and institutions pushed too hard, too far and for too long during the dark time called the Pandemic.
Like the hippies in the movie, we are searching for something substantial and I pray an awakening of some kind happens soon.
Nancy Shimek, one of the folks who hangs out on my pages wrote this line on my comments section the other day. I don’t know where she got it but it says it all for me.
“We are all just walking each other home.”
I made a goof on my page the other day and needed to apologize. I posted a video apology and thousands liked or commented about it. I was stunned by the responses. It solidified something for me. It wasn’t about what I had done wrong people are looking for what you do that is right.
Maybe we need to remind ourselves of that from time to time?
Perhaps this is how the Jesus Revolution begins.
It might be more simple that we imagine it to be.
I’m gonna a guess it starts with “Love Thy Neighbor and Do Unto Others as you would have them do unto you.”
Seems like a good place to start a revolution what do you think?