We Need More Riots!
The first time we played in Beirut, Lebanon, hundreds of people gathered to hear the concert. The crowd was very attentive, and I could feel the power of the Holy Spirit during our show.
After the concert, I told them that only Jesus rose from the dead and because of that it is possible for us to know God. Suddenly fistfights broke out in the crowd between those who wanted to attack us and those who liked what I was saying and wanted to defend us.
Someone jumped on the stage and told me to shut up, or he would break my jaw. Our tour organizer told us that we had to leave straight away as people were coming from all over the city with guns to attack us. We had to hide behind the stage while someone got our tour bus and we “escaped” before a riot broke out.
When I dare to proclaim Jesus in my art outside the church, I confront spiritual powers, and I enter into a battle. Today it’s popular to preach a gospel of comfort. So not many are willing to step into a battle.
That’s why riots are not seen as a good thing. But when the early church preached, some mocked and laughed, some procrastinated, and some believed and accepted Jesus. And there were riots.
In Acts chapter 19, it says God did unbelievable miracles through Paul. People would take pieces of clothing that he had touched, and take them to the sick, and the sick would be healed!
Can you imagine being so filled with God’s power that when people touch you, they are healed! Paul was walking in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in ways that are hard to comprehend. We read in Acts 19:29 that the whole city was in an uproar, and they wanted to kill Paul - this wasn't unusual in the early church. Wherever God moved in supernatural ways, there was normally a riot that followed.
If I want to see the supernatural in my Art and in my life I have to be prepared not only for miracles but also for riots.
Jesus fill us with your power! Use us to change the world. I want to experience this kind of Holy Spirit anointing in my life.
Let the riots begin!!!