Revivals require radicals. A radical leads people away from worldly desires and back to what is right in God's eyes, and Judah only had four during the reigns of twenty king. King Asa so responded to God's prophet by removing idols that Israelites settled in Judah (2 Chron. 15:8-9). King Jehoshaphat appointed teachers to instruct the people in the book of the law and the fear of the Lord fell on their enemies (2 Chron. 17:7-9). King Hezekiah purified the temple and held the first passover in centuries that inspired the people to destroy their idols (2 Chron. 30). King Josiah demolished the high places of Israel (2 Kings 23) and also held a momentous passover. The other good kings lacked the boldness to take a radical stand for God, and this lack of boldness remains with Christians today. Radical pastors preach what the bible teaches, even the unpopular parts. Radical Christ followers forsake worldly trappings to fulfill the Great Commission. Radical leaders become servants to all, setting aside pride and power to help the poor and the needy. As radicals rise up to return to what is right, revival is sure to follow.
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