Are we headed for the next Great Awakening?

Is a new Great Awakening America’s best chance at survival? On radio this morning, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, joined Glenn to discuss his new book Awakening: How America Can Turn from Moral and Economic Destruction Back to Greatness. In the book, Ralph lays out a plan rooted in faith, personal responsibility, and liberty that could have the power to restore America.

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To begin, Ralph laid out some alarming statistics that show just how much American society has declined. Describing it as “the almost unchartable chaos that is the American cultural landscape,” Ralph explained that we now live in a country where 50% of marriages end in divorce, 40% of children are born into single parent households, 80% of New York City public school graduates are considered functionally illiterate.

“What caused me to write the book was wrestling with this question: Is it over? Is the experiment a failure? And is America… a great global power that is in irreversible decline,” Ralph said. “And the answer is: Yes – without a spiritual awakening.”

When you look at American history, it is clear the United States has rebounded from dire straights before. Ralph believes it is possible for such a restoration to happen again, but it will require an awakening.

“The truth is that episodically and, I argue in the book, cyclically, there have been moves of God that historians call great awakenings,” Ralph said. “There have been at least three, some argue four, in American history. And at each point, we looked like we were done for, and it turned around. It’s happened before. It can happen again.”

Glenn questioned whether we are too far down the rabbit hole at this point to turn things around. Our finances are as bad as they’ve ever been, and we have allowed our constitutional rights to be dramatically eroded. So what would it take to revive the country?

“I argue there’s a spiritual cycle. I’m not a determinist. But the reality is: It’s like an alcoholic or a chemical dependent. The hitting of the bottom is not the sign that it’s necessarily over. It’s actually the beginning of the turn-around,” Ralph explained. “You have to reach the end of yourself as a society, just as people do as individuals. So the irony of this is: At the moment that people are counting you out and saying you’re done for, that’s the beginning of the turn-around.”

“I’m not a prophet. I’m not in the prediction business. I can’t say this is going to happen,” he continued. “What I can say is this: Historically, whether leading up to the Civil War, in the 1970s, [or] prior to the American Revolution, when enough Americans get on their knees and repent and humble themselves and cry out to God for a renewal, it has happened every time.”

On that point, Glenn is fully onboard with Ralph’s analysis.

“I agree,” Glenn concluded. “Ralph, you know we have had this conversation a million times. The next Great Awakening is the only solution.”

  • Anonymous

    “And is America… a great global power that is in irreversible decline,” Ralph said. “And the answer is: Yes – without a spiritual awakening.”
    It might qualify as an epiphany but if it’s unspiritual ; that is to say unguided by the Spirit of God leading to repentance in Christ, then it could hardly be called another Great Awakening.

  • Andres Davila

    Wait, another great awakening? How many of these are we going to have?

  • Deckard426

    The only time Americans wake up, is when their next welfare check is due.

  • landofaahs

    The awakening is coming, but will it be too late. I think economically it is already too late.

  • landofaahs

    Or when the next check stops.

  • Anonymous

    Ralph, you’ll remember me on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on the annual feast of Trumpets(war) when our Hebrew, not Greek, inspired CREATOR does give us a GREAT AWAKENING! WATCH…

  • Anonymous

    ONE, but it will do just the opposite!

  • Anonymous

    Sadly enough this author is preaching to the choir. Those that are awake are already aware of the ills that face our people and our nations. We have been trying, to no avail, to get others to “see the light” and make some changes in their lives and lack of participation in our society. America, as I know it, is a thing of the past. We are now a nation of, a great many of Americans, Godless pagans that only care about themselves. I am a baby Boomer and my daughter’s generation started this decline into the abyss. The children born in the seventies took us further down the hole. We are in deep, deep trouble fellow Americans and personally, I see no way out of it. Go ahead and pray all you want. i believe that this time our prayers are falling on deaf ears. He can only save us so many times from ourselves before He has to use a bit of tough love to get us to open our eyes. And, I’m sorry Glenn and Ralph, but the “…next Great Awakening…” is NOT the ONLY solution.

  • Anonymous

    I know I may be late, but after doing inventory of foodstuffs and ammunition today, my wife and I spent an hour on future immediate needs to restock. Glad to see she is waking up.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Actually, you and your kind are just fading away, America is just fine.

  • Anonymous

    America is as awake now as the people at Calvary. The majority in both cases will vote for Barrabas and to crucify Truth.

  • Anonymous

    Groan. Where is the Pat and Stu podcast? Why are we now stuck with Glenn, in full revival mode, doing his best Bringham Young impression, lecturing us for three hours on how god speaks to him and him alone and god is telling us to vote for this random person we care nothing about? Is Glen at least getting paid for these three hour political commercials?

  • Anonymous

    You sound like you have a hate and judgmental sickness. Help is available at Calvary. Pleas take advantage of the free cure gift.

  • texastruthtweet

    I believe that turning away from God is the root of the problem.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing personal “critten,” but I never trust anything that a person hiding behind a fake name puts out there. As a matter of fact, if you do not have enough belief in what you are saying to put your name where your mouth is, there’s no sense wasting our time reading the stuff you’re putting out there.

  • Treeline Reseller

    And Jack Abramoff of course!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck is going to have a Great Awakening when the jury returns with its verdict on the defamation lawsuit. When is the great keeper of the “TRUTH” Glenn Beck going make a comment on the defamation lawsuit that’s going to cost him dearly in terms of tens of million of dollars and a severely tarnished reputation?

  • Anonymous

    No one on Earth is the “Keeper of the Truth”. The is only one source (in three) for all Truth.

  • Anonymous

    Appearances of relative calm are just that — appearances. Appearances are very deceiving.

  • Krimsen King

    you do realize that what we all post here is viewable to anyone anywhere with internet, right…. and you do realize how many crazy crazies exist in society, right…. you may want to be more careful with your personal information, marykaybarton… it doesn’t make your opinion or ideas any more valid just because you use your real name. :)

  • Anonymous

    The decline started long before this generation — the difference with today is that the decline is accelerating rapidly. Some people try to hold on and slow down but others are ‘progressing’ at lightning speed into the abyss not really discerning where it all leads. As moral relativism takes hold, the unthinkable will happen faster while history is forgotten and warnings ignored.

  • Anonymous

    Based on what evidence?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn is melting down and here’s why:

    “What will Glenn Beck’s defense be in his Boston bombing-related libel case? Unlike the “BAG MEN” suit and the Post’s claim its reporters echoed investigators, Beck repeatedly attacked a 20-year-old Saudi national student living in Boston days after law enforcement had explicitly cleared him of any wrongdoing.
    Not surprisingly last month the student, Abdulrahman Alharbi, filed a defamation suit against Beck, his online outlet The Blaze, and his radio syndicator, Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks, claiming he was slandered by the talker following the Boston attack. Alharbi accuses Beck of one count of defamation and one count of defamation with malice.

    The student at the New England School of English had been injured by the terror blast on Boylston Street last year, was subsequently questioned by police, and then quickly dismissed as having any involvement. But that didn’t stop Beck, who for days and weeks publicly accused Alharabi of being a key player in the terror plot.

    “Beck repeatedly and falsely identified Mr. Alharbi as an active participant, repeatedly questioned the motives of federal officials in failing to pursue or detain Alharbi and repeatedly and falsely accused Mr. Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks,” the lawsuit alleges.

    Indeed, Beck called the student a “dirt bag,” a “bad, bad, bad man,” and “possibly the ringleader” of the bombing that killed three people and injured more than two hundred. The host even called for President Obama to be impeached for what the host considered to be a sprawling government cover-up surrounding the student, Saudi Arabia and Al Qaeda.”

  • Anonymous

    Stop the BS. You know what I’m talking about Tony. Glenn Beck has been proclaiming that “The Truth Lives Here” and makes the claim every day. It turns out that his claim is false. Face the facts Tony.

  • Anonymous

    Religion is dying because people have real information at their fingertips now.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a load of hogwash Tony.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck and his brand of superstition is the last thing the USA needs.

  • Anonymous

    Ralph Reed has been a political operative forever; and now he is selling another book that states the obvious. While I agree that we could all use a spiritual renewal, I’d stay away from Ralph Reed; anyone who claimed to be surprised by the actions of his old buddy Jack Abramoff must have oblique mirrors in his home.

  • Anonymous

    The evidence would be at your fingertips in a U.S. History book and in the the Holy Bible. Read the Old testament and read about the Hebrew Nation. They had the same problem when they forgot about Yahweh. The only true God. Creator of Heaven and Earth.

  • Anonymous

    From my observation you are nothing but a Troll.

  • Anonymous

    Go away Troll.

  • Anonymous

    You are a Troll.

  • Anonymous

    Go away and act childish somewhere else.

  • Anonymous

    “Krimsen King” – I believe that much of the incivility in society today is rooted in the fact that people are allowed to post awful comments while hiding behind fake names. It has removed any possibility of having a civil, fact-based debate, and created a culture of rude, hateful attacks which only furthers the lack of accountability evident in our society today. Remove the anonymity and most of the incivility towards those with whom people disagree would stop.

    Call me naive, but I believe that standing up for what a person believes in demands having the courage to put your name where your mouth is (as Ralph Reed has done). I do realize, as you say, that there are many “crazies” in the world today, which has unfortunately necessitated locking our doors and arming ourselves appropriately.

  • Krimsen King

    I understand your sentiment, and while I wouldn’t call you ‘naive’, I would definitely disagree. The source of an idea matters very little in relation to the objective value of that idea. I would agree that ‘standing up’ for what you believe should mean having the courage to put your name behind it… for public figures. And really, only for public figures. Members of the general public like us have no need to put our names on our thoughts and ideas. They should be able to stand just fine on their own. You see, public figures already have the resources and security to be able to ‘stand up’ for our beliefs and ideas as well. I don’t believe that a ‘lack of accountability’ is rooted in anonymity, at least not in the form of ideas. The really dangerous anonymity comes from political donors who inject massive amounts of money in our electoral system. This money inherently corrupts ALL of our politicians, regardless of political party or philosophy, and today, we know less about these big donors than we ever have. THIS is the dangerous lack of accountability. Thoughts and ideas don’t depend on the source. Money does.

  • Anonymous

    I meant to add this article, which serves to remind us that the gift of gab is not the gift of prophesy.

    http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/200607/ralph-reed-gop-lobbyist-jack-abramoff?currentPage=3

  • Anonymous

    There is one more great awakening coming but it will not save the Republic of The United States of America. “The end of the age is the harvest…” Matt 13:39
    God is moving and will pour out His Spirit for one more harvest before the great tribulation begins at which point the world will be divided into 10 regions and kings appointed to rule over them – nation/states will cease to exist. Make peace now with the Price of Peace – Jesus – while there is still time!

  • Treeline Reseller

    Realizing your body is failing far too young, losing your career BC of it, and then watching your family walk out the door next (most do) and subsistence on a meager disability stipend, is a horrible life. How easily we are blamed for sucking the life blood from our communities.

    What would the winners do without us losers?

    Too bad Beck won’t approve my other comment.

  • Treeline Reseller

    Too bad Beck won’t approve my other comment.

  • Treeline Reseller

    Excellent link, well written and from a substantial source.. thank you!! I tried to explain the same but Beck won’t approve my comment.

  • women 99

    that society has produced and IDIOT LIKE YOU

  • women 99

    He can’t read it because he is either an atheist or just plaind stupid maybe BOTH

  • landofaahs

    I feel your pain.

  • Treeline Reseller

    what a shame the discussion travels to this disgraceful name calling. Readers should review the documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” and then perhaps reasonable and intelligent conversations about God in a scientific manner would be possible here on Glenn Beck threads. The question posed was a reasonable question and the replies bring out the zealots. This was unnecessary.

  • Treeline Reseller

    You feel my pain? You feel my pain? You just condemned those living on this pittance. Perhaps you meant you feel my disgrace.

    “I will pray for you” has replaced picking up a shovel and putting your back into helping one’s neighbor today.

    Give it a day and you won’t feel my disgrace any more. Un like shovel and a backache that could last a week.

  • Treeline Reseller

    many times the disabled want to work. What do they have to offer? Many times they don’t know. Or many times that can change throughout the year. But that doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer. What would it be like if communities found ways for the disabled to give back? But our government will not let the disabled work. Even when one’s disability can fluctuate from year to year.

  • Treeline Reseller

    Ralph Reed is a phony. It pains me to see Beck support him.

  • Anonymous

    History.

  • landofaahs

    Everyone has problems in life. In fact I help people all the time, I just don’t think it’s right that I be forced to. What shovel are you willing to pick up? There are jobs that don’t require major physical demand and perhaps you could work 80 hrs a week sitting at a cash register You do what you must. Don’t tell me about back problems. I put my back out years ago and it took me 20 minutes just to get out of bed. But I was in good shape and worked it out over time and went to work. Not with a shovel but my brain. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and realize that there is always something someone can do even if it is a telemarketer.

  • Treeline Reseller

    Trafficked, beaten for 16 months, kicked in the head too many times, brain injuries, body raked over coals. I don’t need your pity. I don’t need you to understand that I never deserved to be trafficked. I don’t need your recommendations for work or a wholesome lifestyle. I need my country to get its act together. I need government workers to quit wasting valuable resources ever growing their paychecks and pensions while delivering poor delivery of services. That would include our deeply inept law enforcement on every scale. that would include frauds like Ralph Reed milking millions from those who actually need assistance. Beck supporters should reconsider posts of condemnation towards the check receivers.

  • landofaahs

    You seem to have no problems with numerous postings. A headset and a computer is all you need to be a telemarketer. You seem articulate enough to convey messages even though you are a democrat.

  • Peeta Mellark

    As Tocqueville observed, individualist principles and democratic processes are diametrically opposed to the centralized control and plunder of the collectivists.