I get it — people are afraid. For the last two years, fear drove ratings, fear created clout, and fear was a supremely effective tool at gaining and maintaining control. Some got rich from pushing fear, some saw their social media followings swell, and at every turn fear took root in the psyche of America. Fear was the currency the left trafficked in 2020 and 2021, but for 2022, let’s not let fear bankrupt us. We have had enough.
That’s why I started an organization called “Let Us Worship” that was borne out of the Covid lockdowns installed by radical politicians that shut the doors on our places of worship. I decided to fight because closing churches conflicts with everything that is fundamental to America, including the guarantee of religious liberty.
Even if our churches were closed, however, we could still gather for fellowship. As the Bible’s Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Over the last year and a half, “Let Us Worship” brought revival church services to cities across America. When governments tried to close churches, we rejected the fear they pushed and leaned into hope.
From the beginning of the pandemic, we heard fear-mongers proclaim that our worship services would be super-spreaders, while other “peaceful protests” happening around the country were deemed safe. We’ve seen this time and time again — stoke fear, then stay silent when that fear fails to materialize. What about giving hope a chance?
Why do we believe so strongly in hope? Because we’ve seen it first hand, over and over and over again. Last summer, at a “Let Us Worship” revival in Seattle we saw Antifa threaten our worship service, pepper spray our families, throw rocks and spikes in the road, and cause huge disturbances, but we also saw Antifa members throw down the black masks and give their lives to Jesus. How could you not have hope?
This past week we rang in the new year at a very special revival gathering in Miami. It was a powerful time of worship, thanksgiving, and celebration for all God has done. Leading up to the event, we held a Jesus march through the streets, passed out groceries, and fed the homeless.
In Miami, we had the opportunity to pray for the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, a man who has prioritized religious freedom over government intervention. We prayed for wisdom and strength for DeSantis as he leads a state during such a difficult time, and we prayed for full healing and complete restoration for his wife, Casey, as she battles breast cancer.
At revivals in cities all across the nation, baggies of heroin, crystal meth, drug paraphernalia, razor blades are all commonplace, thrown on stage as people reject hopeless lifestyles and allow Jesus into their hearts. At one revival, a young man came thinking suicide was the only way to be set free from the grip of depression and anxiety, and walked away with newfound freedom and an eternal hope. He and I have hope because we know the One who gives hope.
As we start off a new year, let’s reject the fear being pushed on us at every turn, and let America be the land of hope once again.