THE MEETINGS CONTINUE FOR A THIRD WEEK
Something really important is happening in the Silicon Valley. You deserve to know about it. In order for you to appreciate how important this is, you must begin by realizing the backdrop of where and when this is happening.
Few people say it out loud because it is too scary to think about but…God has been almost entirely dismissed from the Silicon Valley. You are looked at as if there is something wrong with you if you believe in a higher power. In some circles, you are treated like a traitor to human progress because you carry a Bible.
People really try to be hip here. So…their dismissive attitude toward Christians is displayed in subtle ways. They will roll their eyes while they purse their lips. You will catch it on the edge of a remark or in the almost universal assumption that following Christ will cost you massive I.Q. points.
Silicon Valley is an intellectual Tower of Babel. Their feverish obsession to build a computerized heaven has blinded them to many realities. In their fervor to leave the church behind, they have given birth to the Church of Technology. Their god really is a jealous god with his own giga jihad.
There are deep cracks in the walls of this citadel of electronic wizardry. All is not well in Googlicousappleplexyintelia. Glassy-eyed worker bees peer endlessly into devices while soul sucking corporations have created the perfect prison for millennials seeking upward mobility.
To be sure, billionaires abound here…but so does poverty. Poverty is spreading fast in the Silicon Valley. It is a testament to the failure of Limousine Liberalism. Scrooge, who when asked to help the poor, began rattling off the names of government programs he supported. In the same way today’s moguls toss tips to social agencies and then look the other way.”
Among the poor, wages have not budged in years, while the cost of everything has skyrocketed.
Into this world, a simple meeting in a simple church began on March 2, 2014. It is still going and the crowds continue to grow. Yes, it is a simple meeting and that in itself is part of the miracle.
Here lately, spiritual movements have sought to be exotic, mystical and very emotional. Northern California rewards meetings that tout something new and different and more intense. The thirst for something new drives most spiritual gatherings here.
Yes, there are miracles in these meetings. Just like that sister that could not stand or move her legs for two years and experienced healing. Yes, pastors have come together in unity. Yes, there is exuberant worship. Yet, none of these things are the outstanding quality of these series of meetings.
The stunning uniqueness is its simplicity. It is in the simplicity of God’s presence; the simplicity of the joy and peace; the effortless witness that is moving the unchurched to seek God and be converted.
No one is pulling a muscle trying to relate to the hip culture. No one is stage diving into bizarre behavior in an attempt to churn up a blessing. This simple meeting runs against the grain of all of that.
It matches what my friend Winkie Pratney said about revival. He said, “The things that touch men and women in an awakening are not strange and hidden things made clear but plain and simple things made central, old things made new. The familiar touched again with heaven. What we see in revival is the truth of things anew, The change brought about by the restoration of wonder and mystery in simplicity. In revival, do not seek for new things from God, but seek to see God through new eyes. (Not sure if you wanted to print twice on purpose or not)
The mark of apostolic preaching and revival focus is a Church in love with Jesus Christ, her Lord. Nothing else dominates the landscape of true awakening; nothing is seen as more important as the loveliness of God in the face of the Savior.”
Stay tuned for more about this miracle of simplicity in Silicon Valley.