Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Radical Christianity vs Radicals of the World

This is part 2 of a two part super-tiny-mini series on Radical Christianity. To view part 1 click here.

Everywhere you turn there is a new breed of "radical" being formed. Radical Islam, radical conservatives, radical leftists, white supremacists, anti-fascists, and the list goes on and on as our world heats up. So it begs the question: Can and should Christians be radical or should we remain neutral?

When God declares in Genesis that he was in the beginning of time and formed earth from nothing, He set himself apart from other religions of the ancient world. He makes no subtle claims that to follow one omnipotent God will set you apart as He is already set apart from any other world-based theology. 

The last post revealed that we have radical freedom in Christ. Radical freedom means radical living and leaves no room for neutrality. If we are not for God, we are against him. Undoubtedly, this is a call to Radical Christianity, but how do we separate Radical Christianity from just another “radical” in the world?

Let’s take a look at few comparisons...

Radicals of the world say, "My life is worth it". Radical Christians says, "Your life is worth far more."

Radicals of the world shine the spotlight on their power. Radical Christianity shines the spotlight back at God.

Radicals of the world thirst for praise and attention of man. Radical Christianity is never thirsty as we drink from a living well that never runs dry and gives us more value than man ever will.

Radicals of the world say, "My thoughts are superior to yours and as such I will destroy you to reign supreme even if I die in the process.” Radical Christianity says, "I will lose my life if it means I can save yours."

Radicals of the world say, "I refuse to communicate with those who are not like-minded.” Radical Christianity says, "I will intentionally cross into borders where I have little in common with people in the hope that I can be salt and light in darkness.”

Radicals of the world compete amongst each other to be right. Radical Christianity says, "It is not a competition. It is a war for your soul and I will fight for you while you take time to weigh the possibilities of your eternal future."

Radicals of the world stir up anger, strife, hostility, division, and jealousy. Radical Christianity stirs up love, joy, peace, kindness, and patience.

Radicals of the world calls for self-indulgence. Radical Christianity calls for self-control.

Radicals of the world satisfy the bonds of slavery to the flesh. Radical Christianity provides freedom from flesh. 

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.” (Mark 8:35)

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