In the Jesus Movement of the late 60s early 70s, it only took a few minutes for most people to pray and receive Christ. People were ready. It was almost like John the Baptist had already paved the way for Jesus. People knew something was up.
People were disillusioned. The hopes and dreams of the 60s ended up in a drug infested mud pit called Woodstock in 1969. The dawning of the age of Aquarius was stillborn. The assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King in 1968, were a gut punch to the hope of a generation. People were turning to spiritual answers and Jesus was one of the top choices. Jesus Christ Superstar was released in 1970 and Godspell, three years later. Secular songs about the end of time, the return of Christ and Judgment Day were popular and there was a overwhelming challenge to get right with God.
My wife, Marti Fischer, was flying for United Airlines at the time. She was a brand new Christian eager to save the world. She received Christ’s commission to His followers to make disciples of all the nations as a personal assignment so she talked to everyone about Christ. She even bid the shortest trips with the most amount of flights so she could meet the most amount of people and tell them about Jesus. And she successfully led someone to the Lord on every flight for three years. That was remarkable, but it was also 1971-73. Today it’s different.
Today, it takes more than one flight at 30,000 feet closer to heaven to bring someone to faith in Jesus. It takes walking with someone over time. It takes, more than anything, a relationship. That’s why we are fostering these kinds of relationships here at the Catch. Relationships … friendships … walking alongside someone over the long haul. That’s the Jesus Movement for today. That’s why we are fostering relationships between Boomers and Millennials. We are actually more alike than we are different. You don’t build trust overnight. You build it over time through a trusted relationship that has gone through difficulties and hardship and come out stronger for it. It’s the same gospel but a different time that calls for different strategies.
I am glad I am able to get the message again thru search but, would still like to have it direct. The gospel of a relationship with Jesus no matter what era is timeless and the most important step in our lives. Can’t ever say enough about that. I see more folks praying than ever before and more folks realize how important all this is to our lives. i am glad I can search and get this but, would sure like it direct again. Take care, God Bless and Happy Valentines Day.