I recently had the privilege of traveling all around Europe from Austria to Germany, England and Italy. Diving in the history of each distinct city and territory, I came to realize how faith-filled Europe’s historical roots are.
Europe had been the epicenter of Christianity for a millennium with two-thirds of the world’s Christians living in Europe. Today some have described the church in Europe as dead, or in steady decline. Developed countries post-World War II have shifted towards post-Christian, secular, globalized and multi-faith societies.
The roots of Christianity in Europe haven’t always been viewed in the best light. During medieval times The Crusades secured the leadership of the Latin Church in Europe by violence and force. The protestant reformation in the early 16th century had to take a stand against the Catholic Church for selling indulgences (tickets that would lessen the punishment for sin sold at times for economic gain.) British Anglicans displayed blatant racism in their conquests of Africa. In the search to show power and dominance over their “adversaries,” the church has left a harsh mark in peoples’ minds.
As Christians, we should be praying for revival in Europe. That this lineage of misconceptions and wrongs issued by the church can be undone by the power and kindness of Jesus. That they would know not just the historical God figure of Jesus passed down through generations, but the power of the Holy Spirit falling on the church exemplified fully in Acts 2.
There are incredible ministries like Awakening Europe, seeking revival in Europe and hosting conferences to reach the lost. Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Ministries recently commented that Awakening Europe “is honestly going to release a shaking throughout all over Europe. These guys carry such a strong, but practical evangelistic anointing. I believe these events are going to be life-changing, not just for those who attend, but honestly shaking the entire continent of Europe.”
1 John 4:4 says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” The apostle John uses the word “world” (kosmos in greek) 104 times throughout the new testament. It describes a world order or system, or “culture of the world.” Our prayer is that Europe does not conform to this day’s culture, but be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. That its long Christian history and backdrop is no longer a backdrop, but instead brought to the forefront, in daily life and faith.