Might we see our own culture transformed by the power of the Gospel?
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The ancient fortresses of the pagans,/to which title had been gained by long habitation,/are empty and without worship/like the place where Lugaid dwelt.
- Oengus mac Oengobann, Feilire Oengusso (Irish, 9th century)
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...
- 2 Corinthians 10.5
Oengus was reflecting on the achievement of the Irish saints up to his day in taking the Gospel to their world and winning it for King Jesus.
The Celtic god, Lug, was the god of light and the arts. He was perhaps the most popular and widely honored god of the Celtic pantheon. But within a century after Patrick's ministry unleashed the Gospel on Celtic paganism, Lug was a forgotten deity.
All the ancient pagan strongholds of culture, religious practice, and social life were completely overturned and renewed by the Gospel - even though they had been entrenched for long centuries among the Celtic peoples.
The power of the Gospel is such that, when God's people live and proclaim it faithfully, it takes every thought captive, wins many souls for Christ, and makes all things new in life, culture, and society. And it doesn't matter how debased or violent that culture and society might have been. The Celtic Revival is proof that the Gospel can transform even the most hardened and wicked people and their culture.
So, just in case - if only subconsciously - you had given up on believing that we could see a revival in our time, and that an awakening of true religion and reformation might break out in our day, Oengus' reflection on the experience of his own heritage should encourage us to keep on keeping on.
If we will live the Gospel and proclaim the Gospel today and every day, and if we will seek the Lord for revival, renewal, and awakening, then we might see our own culture transformed by the power of the Gospel, just as Oengus saw his.
To whom will you go as Patrick today?
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