Doug Giles

Throughout history, the Christians who have rocked Satan?s world by evangelism and establishing the good society have been people who:

1. Incorporated what they believed into their daily grind,
2. Bumped up the quality of their spiritual experience,
3. Had a passion for effective action, and
4. Labored for personal, ecclesiastical and national renewal.

I covered points one, two and three in my last three columns, and here?s my stab at point four: Laboring for personal, ecclesiastical and national renewal.

As I stated, believers who successfully carried out the creation and evangelistic mandates understood the need for constant rejuvenation.  Yes, these believers comprehended the innate spiritual rot which unsurprisingly and easily crept in on them, their church and their nation. 

Appreciative of this nefarious bent, these Christians intentionally and constantly prodded themselves Godward.  Yeah ? the effective believers who shaped culture stirred up their lukewarm hearts, stifled their lower cortex monkey brain and labored earnestly against the grain for an enriched understanding of God?s truth, stoked spiritual affections, and more resolution regarding their calling in life.

These useful believers were ever mindful of the fact that no matter what a person has accomplished, what a church has done in the past or what our nation has formerly stood for, as long as there are humans involved, there must be the incessant rousing of God?s gifts and graces, or all our progress will derail like an AmTrak and become a fraction of what it could be.

Unfortunately, within large portions of evangelicalism and Catholicism today, a serious examination of one?s faith is as about as popular as Michael Schiavo would be at a Focus on the Family luncheon.  This is sad because everywhere constructive personal criticism of one?s relationship with Christ occurred, the individual, the church and inevitably the nation got blessed.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.