I started attending about a month after Diana died. Eventually we grew to more than a thousand young people, who, out of our hunger for God, gathered for worship each Tuesday night. Our lives were changed dramatically as we met together with Him each week.

This was a proper response to tragedy. When, suddenly, we all got a fresh revelation that life was short and that none of us was guaranteed tomorrow, these TBS young people offered us Jesus as our only hope, and we all sought to get our lives right with God as fast as we could. I’m forever grateful to those who, in their grief, simply made invitations. I can’t express my gratitude enough. In like manner, this book is an invitation to you. Due to my experience with TBS, I assumed that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 would lead us to a great turning back to God nationally. When that didn’t happen, a spiritual crisis of sorts arose in me. How should we have responded as a nation? I’ve always believed that it’s never too late to respond rightly, once we finally know how, because God is rich in mercy. September 11 affected our nation as a whole. Therefore, wouldn’t Jesus offer an invitation to the nation as a whole to find comfort in Him? In this pattern, our response to His invitation must also be national, as a whole.

What is the invitation of Jesus to America now in our generation? If He could give an altar call and invite us as a whole nation forward, what would that look like? It’s still not too late to respond to the invitation of Jesus. With Him, the most merciful Being in all of existence, it’s never too late.

This post is an excerpt from the book David’s Tent – Jesus is Worthy of A Nation’s Praise by Jason Hershey
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