Ahh the NAR mythical beast of revival that they constantly are chasing. Spoiler alert - there is no end times revival! There is only an end times apostasy, which you are leading. Revival also indicates something that was once alive. This country was not. Shreve does not mind using some delicate speech. So, the goal is to purify our society and culture? Where have we heard that before?
"With this political purification of our public life, the Government of the Reich will undertake a thorough moral purging of the body corporate of the nation. The entire educational system, the theatre, the cinema, literature, the Press, and the wireless - all these will be used as means to this end and valued accordingly. They must all serve for the maintenance of the eternal values present in the essential character of our people." - Adolph Hitler Upon Becoming Chancellor of Germany, 1933
I am not saying that Mike Shreve supports Hitler but they sure seem to think along the same lines. Realize when Hitler speaks about leveraging the educational system, the theater, the cinema, literature, technology and the press, he may as well be a NAR dominionist speaking about conquering the seven mountains! Beloved, there will be no Christian tsunami cascading across the world where we will all sing Kumbaya and wait for Jesus to return. There is a gospel message. Those that believe will be saved and those that do not, will not. People, not nations. What Shreve and the NAR believe in is the idolatry of America. If we want to purify something, let's start with the church. Read the three key verses for today and realize that purification is something intended for us - not for us to force upon other people.
At this point, Shreve tries to offer four facts about the Liberty Bell that he then reads into as "prophecy." This is of course NOT how prophecy works. For example, because it took three tries to forge the bell, Shreve says we should never give up until the perfect law of liberty reigns on a spiritual level across the world. Is he nuts? The quote from the Liberty Bell is from Deuteronomy. Anyway you slice it, it is dealing with the law of Moses, which Shreve seems to be advocating for the entire world. Didn't Jesus come to deliver us from that yoke Mike? Wow, breathtakingly bad theology right there. He tries to reference a verse from James about obeying the law of liberty but he already referenced Deuteronomy! Another "fact" provided by Shreve is a legend that says the Liberty Bell's famous crack occurred when it rung at the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835. The alleged prophecy having something to do with the death of justice when liberty cannot ring or something equally silly. The problem however is that the bell actually cracked 11 years later in 1846. What a perfect example of proof-texting at its best. When the facts do not support your conclusion and in fact are off by 11 years just pretend it's not! History does not work like that. The bible does not work like that. Mercifully, Shreve concludes:
"On this July 4, let us unite in prayer that God will heal our land, not only taking us back to our roots, but taking us deeper than ever into a culture that is both God-honoring and Bible-based.
Our family has been to Washington, D.C., many times. One of our favorite sites is the Jefferson Memorial. The main quote from our third president, chiseled into stone and encircling the rotunda, always makes me weep: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." May this be our passion and our battle cry as well!" - Mike Shreve
Yes, let our battle cry be from a man who butchered the bible and obviously believes that the deity of Jesus Christ is one of those forms of tyranny he was railing against. Look, the founding fathers have a special place in our history and should be respected as such but you can't deify them. You can't turn them into something they were not. The roots of our founding were no taxation without representation. Swearing on an altar of God eternal hostility is not exactly the gospel no matter how much I might like the quote. This society is not going to honor God, as every other society will not. America never has and never will be bible based. Do you know why? Because the bible teaches us that the things of God are utter foolishness to those that are perishing! Forcing high school students to pray after football games will not save any of them! All of these stupid culture wars will save no one! Salvation is not behavior modification. Stop the dishonest practice of proof-texting, whether it be done to the bible or American history. Do not bow down to the idol that this country has become for so many. Read the first commandment. Have no other gods before Him beloved! Our God is a jealous God, amen?