Riots to Revival!

There’s an old Chinese curse that says, may you live in interesting times. We certainly have that in 2020! We’ve witnessed a total economic shutdown, cultural upheavals, our cities literally burning down, anarchy and violence in the streets, all in a very heated and divisive election year. How should we, as Christians, respond to all of this?

The bigger question is, what does Jesus want us to do about this? One person who is responding from the position of heaven is Sean Feucht, who is a worship leader and Kingdom activist. What’s he been doing? He’s been going out and bringing worship, prayer, and acts of kindness to hotspot cities across the country, like LA, NYC, Portland, and Seattle.

Feucht has been leading a peaceful protest movement called “Let Us Worship” that began after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s hypocritical ban on singing in church, even though riots and protests are allowed to go on without restriction. Here’s a quote from his “Let Us Worship” site:

But our freedom to worship God and obey His Word has come under unprecedented attack. Powerful politicians and social media giants have engaged in unchartered abuses of religious liberty, silencing the faithful, banning our voices, and outright attacking our God-given right to declare His goodness.

States across America, including here in California have shut down church services and even outlawed singing in church. Instagram and Twitter is censoring Christian voices every single day. And every hour that passes they grow bolder in their efforts to silence the faithful.

It’s time for the Church to rise up with one voice and tell our government leaders and the rulers of big tech that we refuse to be silenced! (

Here’s a recent interview with him on Fox News:

You can read about and sign the “Let Us Worship” petition here and join the “Hold the Line” movement here.

And here’s something you won’t hear from the mainstream media. It seems God is using what the enemy meant for evil to bring revival to ground-zero cities like Portland and Seattle, where there’s been months of rioting, looting, and political anarchy. What we’re not hearing from the popular narrative is that God may be setting this up for a major awakening in America and around the world!

The locked-down and politically-marginalized Church is waking up and coming together in these cities under siege, not to destroy but to celebrate God’s goodness and love!  People are getting saved and set free, and prayer and acts of kindness are going forth to counteract the hatred, racial division, and violence.

We, as followers of Jesus, are His Kingdom ambassadors on the earth. We have authority to change the atmosphere over our cities and states. We also have a mandate to invite all people to experience His love and mercy and grace that has come to us through Jesus Christ.

On that note, Sean Feucht recently held a rally he called, “Riots to Revival” in a park in downtown Portland, Oregon. Thousands of people of every race and church affiliation came together to worship Jesus and change the narrative over Portland. Here’s a video clip from the Portland event that took place on August 8th:

Beloved, we don’t have to accept the narrative given us by people who use cultural events to manipulate us in order to gain political power, especially from those who want to destroy our country. We may be living in “interesting times” but we’re not victims of fear, shutdowns, government edicts, or political bullying. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!

We must also remember we’re not fighting against people, but against principalities and powers in heavenly places that are anti-Christ, whose purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy the life Jesus came to give everyone (John 10:10; Eph.6:12; 2 Cor.10:4-5). It’s against the “god of this world” who blinds people to the truth (2 Cor.4:4; 1 John 5:19). That’s why prayer matters.

I will say this to those who say they follow Jesus. Be very careful what you’re promoting during these highly emotionally-charged times. Our agenda must be Jesus’ agenda. His message is not compatible with Marxist identity politics, dividing people over race and class, or even dividing us by political party. Don’t be manipulated by the mainstream media. Don’t be Twitter-led, be Spirit led!

And don’t let “cancel culture” take away your voice or define you. As Dan Mohler said, “We let what a person says and what a person does decide who we are in the moment, but that’s person’s name isn’t Jesus.”

Our message is that Christ is King and He has come to bring His reign of love and freedom and grace to all people. Our message is reconciliation and restoration, not anarchy, hatred, and division.

19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Cor.5:19-20 NIV*)

And there’s no race, class, or gender distinction in God’s kingdom.

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28 NIV*)

And they were all singing this new song of praise to the Lamb:

“Because you were slaughtered for us,
    you are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals.
    Your blood was the price paid to redeem us.
    You purchased us to bring us to God
    out of every tribe, language, people group, and nation. (Rev.5:9 TPT*)

We should not be cowering in fear, locked away in our homes, letting those who marginalize us take away our voice, nor should we be unwitting mouthpieces for those with an ulterior political agenda. We have Kingdom authority to change the atmosphere and narrative over our cities and states—from one driven by fear-mongering, anarchy, and divisiveness, to one filled with His grace and transforming love poured out on everyone. Let’s partner with God and see Him turn riots into revival!

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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6 Responses to Riots to Revival!

  1. A very strong message and clear guidance.

  2. Tricia says:

    Amen Mel, great message!

  3. A big amen to this post, Mel! I’m so glad you’ve heard about “Riots to Revival” and Sean Feucht. He is one of many now drawing Christians out to worship and it’s really exciting to see! Keep in mind, I live in the second most secular county in the nation. A county in Oregon actually bumped us into second place a few years ago. So that gives you some context, those are the conditions on the ground in these parts and the presence of the Lord is so needed here. It’s quite the miracle to see it finally happening! Yayyy!

    This was awesome, too! “We have authority to change the atmosphere over our cities and states.” Amen. That’s kind of been the essence, the heart of so many sermons, for a number of years now. It’s been really exciting to see people finally pick up that authority in their personal lives and to hear all the testimonies as a result. That’s my favorite thing, when something just clicks and people go, wait a minute, I got the power to change the whole atmosphere and He’s living inside of me! Woo hoo! Love that. I need that constant reminder myself, so all those testimonies are great encouragement.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, IB. This is the perfect time for Christian to rise up and walk in their identity and authority as ambassadors for Christ. It’s Christ over culture! As I mentioned in the post, we need to stop being Twitter-led and being led by the narrative and actually find out what Jesus wants and be brave and step out in that. That’s what I love about what Sean Feucht is doing. He’s not trying to be politically divisive, He’s bypassing all that and turning everyone’s attention on Jesus. And Jesus is REALLY good at sorting our mess out. 🙂

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