Racism and revival
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In this project I intend to lead the reader into considering the link between racism and revival. If seeking revival for our communities is our highest aim, then fostering racism is one of Satan's main strategies to frustrate our desires and efforts.
I begin this work with an autobiographical first chapter. My guess is that most readers have their own story of racial prejudices in their childhood. How God transformed and redeemed these prejudices is the heart of this chapter.
In chapter two I attempt to outline the biblical conviction that the universe is the playing field of the "powers" both good and evil. I encourage the reader to take very seriously these unseen forces which influence people and institutions. If one cannot appreciate the reality of these unseen forces, then the development of my thesis in the remaining chapters will likely be resisted.Chapter three is a historical analysis of the Fulton Street Revival of 1857. I chose to write on this revival because it began in a Reformed Church in New York City. I initially was drawn to this revival to explore if there was anything "reformed" about a revival was birthed in a Reformed Church. I'll let the reader judge for themselves, but what I couldn't reconcile in this great revival, was how it failed to address the greatest social evil of American history … the institution of slavery.
The fourth chapter is an overview of the historical roots of racism, and my effort to identify racism as a significant spiritual stronghold. In chapter five I invite the reader to consider the history of Kalamazoo from a spiritual power perspective. This chapter will especially be relevant to readers from this region, yet the issues raised may cause some stirring in the hearts of those from other regions. Is it possible that the history of a city would be important information for informed praying?
The last chapter is where I apply the learnings of the previous chapters to my interest in Kalamazoo. My earnest prayer is that if any of the ideas presented in this closing chapter are of God, that the Kalamazoo City pastors and intercessors would put these initiatives into practice.