When an entire nation experiences being “born again” it is called a Renaissance. “Born again” so aptly applies because it refers to the re-institution of pure innocence. I have witnessed this phenomenon in my own adult life. The ability to approach certain things with an honest child-like innocence in my mind is probably the most precious spiritual possession that I have.
This innocence of thought can occur to an entire social network that goes beyond national borders. When the phenomenon of the Renaissance occurred in history, it brought about great innovations, discoveries, and launchings of previously unobtainable innovation. The printing press, the discovery of the New World, the telescope, and more opened mankind’s vision of the universe.
The importance of innocence as a foundational basis for the advancement of all human thought and creativity is amazing. You would think that having more knowledge would increase creativity, but it actually blocks it. The foundation of our innocence gives us the ability to hear simple instructions from God. We then receive complex ideas that previously would’ve been considered absurd even in our current advanced state of knowledge.
Having the pure innocence of a child depends upon acquiring child-like thinking: “Since Daddy says it, it’s true!” This in turn becomes the foundation for new discoveries. And, oh how wonderfully creative these new discoveries will be! Father, please make America innocent again…
You might be tempted to doubt whether this could even be done. But this is the miraculous power of prayer. God answers prayer. The purpose of prayer is for God to intervene on our behalf, and do things that you and I are incapable of doing. To change and rid the entire nation of evil seems to be so complex, that at first it appears impossible. Our own attempts to do it, or even consider it, seem absurd.
And of all people, I certainly would not consider it ~ unless it was prophesied by God that it would happen. God, the One who created everything, said He will “present to Himself a church having neither spot nor wrinkle nor any such thing.” In other words, you and I can have nothing to do with it. We must rest from our labors and just give Him permission to “run the washing machines.”
That means cleaning up our hearts, our family’s hearts, the hearts of those at our workplaces, our city’s hearts, our state’s hearts, our nation’s hearts ~ the hearts of the whole world! Such an enormous task is exactly what God has been expecting you and I to ask Him to do since time began. So praise the Lord, grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax ~ and watch God scrub.