Jena, LA, is going from this….
What the national media is not covering demonstrates our nations lust for disunity and discord. Ironically, the one thing that people marched for “unity” and “justice” is being fulfilled in Jena, LA. Crowds aren’t thronging this city again to see the work and the change. Oh, that they would. In the revival, reported to be in its 7th week (that means coming on 50 days!!!; see the Baptist Press article here), equality is being realized as every person’s differences are equalized before the cross of Jesus. Black and White are unified in the gospel. They are worshipping together, confessing together, singing together, sitting together. The seventh week of the revival will be held in a 1,000 person tent on the exact spot that the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton led 20,000 people in protest of the injustices made towards the Jena 6. It is fitting that unity be found on this exact location, it is symbolic of the life-giving peace of the gospel. It is symbolic of the healing power of the gospel. Whereas the deep chasms of inequality in Jena were exposed by the protests, the power of the gospel in suturing those fissures with love, humility, and grace is exemplified in the revival. How is this possible? One word–Repentance!
Without humble repentance, the revival is nothing more than a band-aid on wrist laceration. May it never be! May what is happening in Jena spread to our whole nation!