Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes sent shivers through residents of southeastern California on Sunday as buildings and dishes rattled. And the growing tropical storm, Isaac, thrashed the Southeast corner of the US disrupting plans for the Republican National Convention. But, nevertheless, it was a clear and sunny evening in Anaheim Stadium, the central location of the largest US evangelical event in US history. A brief search of mainstream news sources couldn't provide one national mainstream news source that even mentioned the event in passing. The following is a brief review of Harvest Anaheim 2012.
The live event was organized in such a way that people around the country could bring friends and relatives to a local church and watch the event live on a streaming feed. And the video of the presentation has been archived at the Harvest website for free viewing.
It began with live worship songs by the Harvest worship band, which I personally appreciated more than the 'Christian music stars' who played. The Harvest worship band offered a certain "rattle and hum" reminiscent of classic U2 before they lost their sense of the "unforgettable fire" that seemed to ignite their earlier music. The interviews of the Christian music stars seemed like infomercials, a bit unnecessary. During secular rock concerts fans will often hold up cigarette lighters to show their support and to feel a sense of unity. At this venue, Christians were encouraged to pick up their cell phones and offer a Tweet of the event on Twitter. Why not?
The main message, "Is it Possible to Change our Lives?" included many philosophical points, such as this one, "I know something about everyone - deep down inside everyone is empty." The deep and serious philosophical points were balanced with Greg Laurie's classic humor that helped to make the message appealing to the masses. Laurie has a tradition of mixing humor with deep philosophical questions. Laurie once described the importance of essential gnawing questions
"Philosopher Hugh Moorhead wrote to 250 of the world’s best-known philosophers, scientists, writers and intellectuals and asked them the question, what is the meaning of life? Some offered their best guesses. Others admitted they just made up a purpose for life. Others were honest enough to say they were clueless. And many of them wrote back and asked Moorhead if he had discovered the meaning of life."
The Harvest organizers emphasized prayer before and during the event. And all glory was given to God for the masses who dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ on Sunday as a result of God's Holy Spirit working throughout the US. With so much bad news these days, some good news is a breath of fresh air. Too bad mainstream news ignores such events.
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