GLOBAL BIBLICAL REVOLUTIONARIES WANTED!!!
In his book, Revolution,George Barna sites Webster’s definition of a revolutionary: A revolutionary is someone committed to thethorough replacement of an established system of government in the hope ofseeing radical change in society and social structures. Barna notes that thereare many opinions from various historians but certainly no one can deny thatJesus was a revolutionary. Christ’s perspective promoted self-governing according to the will of God by the powerof the Holy Spirit and letting that affect every life and decision withinour reach. Jesus practiced what He preached. He knew who He was and why He washere but still lived with a spirit of humility. Jesus understood His mission tobe to God, the Father and to the people. His effect on the world is stillpresent and forever will be. The author sites some of the reasons Jesus was andis a revolutionary:
Obedience to God
Faith in God
Jesus character and demeanor was merciful, grace-giving andreconciliatory, diligent and courageous and accepting. George Barna notes thatJesus was not a revolutionary because He proposed a different philosophy butbecause He lived differently. He lived in such a way that His teachings wereevidenced in His living before He even spoke. The reason for the book accordingto the author is help point Christians to be the church Christ commissioned. Hesays the revolution is repudiating tepid systems and practices of the Christianfaith and introducing a wholesale shift in how faith is understood, integrated,and influencing the world. In other words throwing off the formulas of religiosityand anything that hinders a full, vibrant life of discipleship to Christ.
As I reflect on missiontrips to Burkina Faso, Kenya, Germany and question how we can help make animpact in the lives of others and how we can truly have a heart that desires toreach the world I am enlightened and saddened. What I understand most fromthose mission trips that I have been onis that the same old thing is not working. The revolution will not be televisedbut anyone can see that the reasons why we need a revolution certainly are. Therole of the Christian is to be a revolutionary who shapes, challenges andchanges the world systems without apology or biblical compromise, with love,not judgment as the motive. The affects of a revolutionary change of heartyields disciples in our lives, our homes, our churches, communities, and ultimatelyreaches the world; because we care enough to do so. Are you ready for therevolution?