Revolution to Revival
In the midst of a tumultuous era of racial injustice, political unrest and counter cultural beliefs, students who attended North Central in the 1970s watched revival come on the heels of revolt when the Jesus People Movement exploded across campus. Before the Jesus People Movement swept across the nation, dissension had begun dividing individuals. After fighting in two world wars, the United States had barely taken a breath before the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the sexual revolution and the Vietnam War began. A whirlwind of tensions began building from the unjust horrors that were occurring in the world. Political beliefs began to polarize, and anti-establishment groups ran rampant.
Grogan said, “My generation got fed up with the haves and havenots, the racial injustice, the materialism of the western world, and in fact, my high schoolgraduating class in 1969 was a notorious class known for rebellion. Rebellion against authority, rebellion against the establishment.”
Price said, “The world of the ‘Make Love, Not War’ became empty as they found that drugs and sex was not the answer. The Church was not the answer as many young people fled the old ways. Social fabric was becoming undone as these young people escaped into whatever they could. In this emptiness were the beginnings of the Jesus Movement.”
Grogan said, “We cried out to God to save his life, and the Lord did save His life. That kind of prepared us for Dick Eastman. We realized, ‘Oh my land, one of our ownstudents got attacked and got beaten. God protect us, we need you!’”
Elie said, “God breathed his Holy Spirit on that young generation. In the ‘70s we were involved with the Vietnam war, and there were a lot of protests on the college campuses against the war. Things were changing, they had already taken prayer out of the schools in ’62, and in ’73 abortion was legalized. So, there were a lot of moral wars going on between good and evil in our country.”