3. The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
John 18:36 (MSG)
36 “My kingdom,” said Jesus, “doesn’t consist of what you see around you. If it did, my followers would fight so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But I’m not that kind of king, not the world’s kind of king.”
What about it? It’s undeniable that Christ changed the trajectory of the world. We in the west take if for granted because his radicalness is inculcated into who we are. The very radical ideas of fairness, equality, peace, etc., are from Christ. They didn’t evolve gently, they were introduced by Christ and spread by Christians. Yes, often misused, often perverted, often misrepresented as hate. Slavery, Westboro Baptist, KKK, Gnostics, etc.
It doesn’t change that He changed the trajectory of the west. It doesn’t change that the red letters of your bible are a freaking radical way to approach the world and it’s problems. Still radical after all these years.
What about it? Isn’t it time to get back to the basics of what Christ taught us? You want community? Look at Christ. You want service to end the problems of our inner cities? Look at Christ. You want a better way? Look at Christ. If you’re not, you’re wasting your time. Maybe you should look at sharia. Or the caste system. Or communism. Or whatever. You’re wasting your time as history has proven and as our western sense of right and wrong (based on Christ’s radical way of course) judge things to be. The rest of the world doesn’t agree with us by the way.
What about it? What happens to us here doesn’t matter, what we do here – and why we do it – does.
13. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14. who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
What about it? Go forth and multiply believers. Don’t be a milquetoast. Do not be ashamed. Be a radical. Stand tall in Christ. Bring His kingdom on.
2 Corinthians 10:8-11 (NLT)
8 I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.
9 I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” 11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.