Jesse T. Peck (1811-1883), was a Methodist Episcopal pastor, the first chairman of the board of Syracuse University, and an intellectual, though never formally educated. When friends around him began to despair over the corruption in government, universities and even churches, Jesse T. Peck made what I believe to be an insightful quote on the power of genuine revival. Reminding his friends that the ultimate answer to cleaning up corruption is in the spiritual realm, he said:
“Personal regeneration must extend until political corruption shall become improbable, unpopular and even impossible."
A good reminder for all of us pastors as we partake in our July 4th services.