A few days ago, I awakened with a distinct, internal conviction that God has given us a key to America's future. This key is the truth found in the book. Pilgrims and Patriots, which documents this nation's birth out of a great spiritual awakening. This is vital, for as George Orwell said, "Whoever controls the past, controls the future."
Secularists have been controlling America's past by re-writing her history and purging it of its Christian character. This re-writing of history is a critical part of their plan to control the future and transform America into a socialist/Marxist state, for as Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, “To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.”
Severed from its Christian past, America seems defenseless against the moral relativism and subjective, political-correctness that is permeating the culture. This loss of our national heritage is the key to understanding the NFL protests, which have nothing to do with race, but everything to do with ideology.
When, for example, Colin Kaepernick gave an interview to explain why he was kneeling during the National Anthem, he made a point to wear a Fidel Castro t-shirt, showing that he has been impacted by an ideology that is fundamentally anti-American. He most likely picked this up in the American education system where America’s true heritage is being destroyed.
With the loss of its true heritage, America’s populace is now vulnerable, in a way it has never been, to being shaped into an amoral, secularist society. This was highlighted by a recent “chilling study” that revealed that a majority of college students believe it is OK to disrupt and shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. American culture has now reached the point, spoken of by Karl Marx when he said, “A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.”
It is not too late, however. We can salvage America’s future by first recovering her past. I am not one who relies on dreams and visions, but in 2010 I had a visitation of God that lasted several hours in which He restored my hope that America “could” see another great spiritual awakening. During that visitation I saw, for the first time, that the Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of America.
Out of that experience came the book, Pilgrims and Patriots, which documents the radical Christian roots of American democracy and freedom. It shows that although America's history has not been colorblind, her founding was. The words “slave,” “slavery,” “black” and “white” are not found in her founding documents. There are no classifications based on race in America’s founding documents, which can only be attributed to the impact of the Great Awakening.
This is why abolitionists and civil rights activists, such as Frederick Douglas and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have used America’s founding documents to argue for equal treatment under the law. This is why Dr. King, in his “I Have a Dream” speech, called on Americans, not to dispense with their founding documents, but to live up to their founding documents.
Yes, I am convinced that we have a key to America’s future, and it involves recovering our past that has been eradicated by revisionist historians. God would say to America as He did to Israel during a time of national crisis, Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you (Isaiah 51:1-2a; MEV).
Yes, I am also convinced that another Great Awakening is coming to America. But as we pray for this Awakening to come, let us also prepare ourselves by learning America’s true Christian heritage as a nation birthed out of a great spiritual awakening. In doing so, we will discover that Spiritual Awakening is not only a Biblical thing, it is also an American thing.
Dr. Eddie Hyatt conducts "Revive America" events based on his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, in which he shows how America was birthed out of a great spiritual awakening and he leads his audience in praying for another such Awakening. To schedule such an event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org