Michael Brown on A Divine Perspective on the Protests and the Riots

Demonstrators pause to kneel as they march to protest the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Many observers are comparing the year 2020 with 1968, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, leading to riots all over America. Not long after that, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

1968 was also the year of the May Revolution in France, the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico (along with the Black Panther salute during the Mexico Olympics) and the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia.

By 1969, there was Woodstock, the Stonewall riots and more.

This was a snapshot of the tumultuous ’60s in America and the world.

Yet behind the scenes, under the surface, something else was going on.

The rebellion was certainly real and the generation gap undeniable. And the obsession with sex, drugs and rock-n-roll was anything but a myth. (I was born in New York City in 1955 and saw Jimi Hendrix in concert for the first time in 1968. I started playing drums in a rock band, then began getting high in 1969 and was shooting heroin by 1970.)

But underneath it all, often in plain sight, there was a deep spiritual search.

Young people were looking for the meaning of life. They were asking deep questions, and the simple answers of the American dream no longer satisfied. (Why work hard in school, to get into the best college, to get the best job, so your kids could simply repeat the cycle?)

Traditional religion didn’t seem to have the answers either, and so young people sought after Eastern religions and new philosophies. Still, Jesus seemed pretty cool, and many were open to find out more about Him.

And so, right there in the middle of these rebellious, fleshly times, the Jesus Revolution began. (The starting date is normally put at 1967.)

The results were dramatic, illustrated by these two headlines from Time Magazine, one from April 1966, the other from June 1971.

The first asked in stark, bold letters: “Is God Dead?”

The second, just five years later, announced, “The Jesus Revolution.”

And just as I was part of the counterculture revolution of the 1960s, I became part of the Jesus Revolution of the early 1970s, getting “born again” in late 1971 and instantly delivered from drugs.

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SOURCE: Charisma News