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Thursday, December 6th, '18

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PLEASE COME TO BOSTON

"By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted..." (Proverbs 11:11)

 

Too much to see, too little time, Boston with its Fenway Park and Red Sox, Harvard, old lighthouses, a cool violin band called the "Pops", fresh lobster, clam chowder, Patriot football fever and the harbor where a bunch of rowdies once held a "tea party". Boston is lyrical, "You can sell your paintings on the sidewalk, by a café where I hope to be workin' soon. Please come to Boston..." This is art, history, food and culture with that Kennedy accent. You can jump in the time capsule and go back to Plymouth Rock, 1620, or John Quincy Adams' birth or the Salem witch-hunts. Or hit a few of Rachel Ray's little showcased eateries along the historic sidewalks, or take a ferry ride to Cape Cod. It'll take a while to run out of things to do. Please come to Boston.

 

And let's don't forget the spiritual element for Boston was the epicenter of the colonial Great Awakening. Here Whitefield thundered out the gospel to tens of thousands. Jonathan Edwards artfully drew the word picture of sinners in the hands of an angry God. Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians preached "ye must be born again" and packed out halls and houses so that in the first half of the 1700's eighty percent of Bostonians regularly attended church. The revivalism back then had a pivotal role leading up to the Revolution and founding of this great nation. Three great waves of revival have hit this area, the early Puritan settlings, the Great Awakening just mentioned and the Second Awakening a hundred years later when fireballs like Charles Finney felt the pulse and scalded the nerve of Boston.

 

But with all this culture came an intellectual refinement that quietly shelved God in the antiquities chests of its Ivy League colleges. Higher criticism criticized the Higher Power right out of town. Consider this, Boston hosts 45 college campuses with as many students as the total populations of cities like Tulsa or Orlando, yet some of the most liberal faculties in America. Whence the vacuum? This area got too smart for its britches, so my prayer again is, Lord, please come to Boston.

 

It is time for another awakening! Of course, a great awakening would be a rude awakening for most. May the college students dust off the cover of the Book on which Harvard was founded and rediscover our sacred roots. Faith is quite alive here; we've discovered that in the retreat, but there's a dampness breezing off the Atlantic that makes it hard to strike revival matchsticks. Someone will soon. Another Finney, another Gilbert Tennent, another Edwards is standing on go, waiting in the wings, like John the Baptist waited for his "showing to Israel". The Holy Spirit has often surprised men by stirring revival in the most unlikely places. Wesley emerged in England at a time when you could "get drunk for a penny and dog-drunk for two". Think it not odd that the Spirit would shake this bastion of liberalism as well because the biggest vacuum can create the biggest hurricane. The biblical basis for American law and jurisprudence came from Boston and Puritan thought. The sculptures, museums and landmarks all testify to moral heritage. The only way we can get it back is to invite the Founder back. Please come to Boston!


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