is revival a scary word for today’s church?

i rarely listen to traditional christian music, but one of the artists i like is a guy named Robin Mark. Robin is irish and is probably most famous for his “Revival in Belfast” album. Robin leads worship at a church in Belfast called The Christian Fellowship where many catholics and protestants worship together. that’s pretty risky anywhere in northern ireland, especially in Belfast.

the words to one of my favorite songs by Robin Mark, appropriately titled “Revival” go like this::

I hear the voice of one calling, prepare ye the way of the Lord.
And make His paths straight in the wilderness
And let your light shine in the darkness
And let your rain fall in the desert.

As sure as gold is precious and the honey sweet,
So you love this city and you love these streets.
Every child out playing by their own front door
Every baby laying on the bedroom floor.

Every dreamer dreaming in her dead-end job
Every driver driving through the rush hour mob
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones
You’re going to send revival, bring them all back home

I can hear that thunder in the distance
Like a train on the edge of town
I can feel the brooding of Your Spirit
“Lay your burdens down, Lay your burdens down”.

From the Preacher preaching when the well is dry
To the lost soul reaching for a higher high
From the young man working through his hopes and fears
To the widow walking through the veil of tears

Every man and woman, every old and young
Every fathers daughter, every mothers son.
I feel it in my spirit, feel it in my bones
You’re going to send revival, bring them all back home

I can hear that thunder in the distance
Like a train on the edge of town
I can feel the brooding of Your Spirit
“Lay your burdens down, Lay your burdens down”.

Revive us, Revive us,
Revive us with your fire!

this song popped up on my ipod as i was driving down peachtree street in buckhead today – right smack in the middle of my church’s neighborhood. i thought of all the dreamers, drivers and babies in the buildings around me. i thought of the people at CCB every sunday morning praying for buckhead and her people – praying for revival. maybe we don’t use that word, but it’s what we’re praying for.

belfast and buckhead are different places. catholics and protestants have murdered each other for decades in northern ireland. even though blood doesn’t run through the streets of atlanta our fight is still one of life and death.

would it work in buckhead? would people discount it as old school, intolerant, conservative christianity?

maybe revival is exactly what we need.

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