The Unconventional Revolutionary

Many people have formulated opinions about Jesus Christ; who he was, what he did and how He managed to change the world. Nietzsche said, “I might believe in a redeemer if his followers looked more redeemed”. Ghandi said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. “. The pharisees of Jesus day said John the Baptist was insane and that Jesus Christ was a drunkard and a glutton. Every leader, every revolutionary has an idea of what being a revolutionary should look like and looking through this lens they have looked at the stories about Jesus and formulated a picture of Jesus. If we set aside our preconceptions and look closely at the accounts something startling is revealed, we find a revolutionary unlike any other in history. In fact when coming face to face with this revolutionary it might be more comfortable to ignore what we find and fit Jesus back into our preconceptions of what a revolutionary should be and go on with our lives, but then we would have missed bringing into our lives something greater.

AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius

When considering the circumstances of Jesus life and the accounts of his ministry, if one is paying attention, one must be confronted with how odd of a revolutionary Jesus was. A Jewish carpenter from a small obscure corner of the Roman empire, from an unpopular corner (Nazareth) of Israel who went no further then 30 miles from where He grew up some how changed the world. Looking closer when given the opportunity to speak out against oppressive taxes which even the poorest had to pay with few if any social services in return Jesus said, “render unto Caesar what is Casear’s”. Looking even closer at that passage He didn’t even define what was Caesar’s, one could say anything with Caesar’s image on it was Caesar’s so give all the money back… Then He ends with “render to God what is God’s”, what was God’s was already clearly defined by the Torah (A tenth of the first fruits). Jesus didn’t even organize any private sector social services or call for the government to create social services. When He was presented with the situation of 5000 hungry people He fed them but later people came up and said I want to be your disciple to which He responded “the foxes have holes and the birds have nests but the Son of man has no place to rest”. In other words I’m not here to be your 3 squares a day and place to stay. Standing before Pilot he didn’t even defend Himself saying “My kingdom is not of this world.”

Jesus Feeds 5000

Jesus Feeds 5000

Why?

Because Jesus wasn’t here to create a better social situation in our daily physical experiences. Jesus was here to give His people a new heart. He was here to change people from the inside. He wasn’t here to give people reason to have faith in the institutions of man for their well being. He was here to let people know that their well being wasn’t about what was outside but what was inside. And what was inside could only be made clean, and healthy because He died on the cross and it was his blood that cleaned all that was wrong and evil inside. It is only through a restored relationship with our creator made possible by Jesus sacrifice that anything can change. I have no hope in the institutions or regulations or federalizations of man. Neither do I hope in man given freedom, opportunity and free market competition to do the right thing.

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

In Matthew 11: 16-18 we learn that God comes in the way that He chooses to come to accomplish what He wants to accomplish. God does not come in the way we want Him to come. God does not come and march to the beat of our drum. Could it be that we need to recognize and accept God for who He is, regardless of whether or not it is comfortable or agreeable to us. If God created the universe then it is not that we are grasshoppers it is that our whole planet is as a grain of dust before Him and yet he stoops down and sees us and calls us into a relationship with Him. The framer of the cosmos has the right to come anyway He so chooses and to require acceptance of Himself as He is! What a humbling privilege to even be called by someone so beyond our comprehension and even more so to be redeemed by Jesus, the incarnation of God, the exact representation of God’s glory in the universe.


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r Christians are so unlike your Christ.

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About Devin Adint
I have always had many interests; technology, science, philosophy, theology, politics, history, etc... Currently, life for the past twelve years has placed me in the area of technology fulfilling roles in System Administration and Architecture. But I have always been involved in the local church and enjoy researching and discussing issues of theology, philosophy, history and politics...

3 Responses to The Unconventional Revolutionary

  1. Rick says:

    You had to know I was going to chime in on this one!

    I agree with what you say for the most part. You still dance around the 2000 plus times (both old and new testament) where we are to care for the poor and oppressed.

    James 1:26-27

    26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

    Ignoring the poor is the major sin that most Evangelicals are unrepentant for. That the government is doing more for the poor that the Church is to our shame. If we want to call ourselves a “Christian Nation” then we need to do more than pray in school. We need to live up to the commandments that Jesus gave us. How does all this no social services stuff jive with Bush Jr.’s “Faith Based Initiatives?” That was a neo-conservative asking for government money for social programs.

    Whether you want to admit or not you are bending God’s word to your politics. I wish I could ignore these words. It would be easier to pretend that I don’t have to do anything about the poor and drive happily along in my BMW sucking down a latte. I would rather that the suffering and poverty in the world not keep me up at night. It does because God has opened my eyes to the the most pervasive evil in our culture. Wanton consumerism and indifference.

  2. Paul says:

    In addition to caring for the poor, orphan, widows, and let’s not forget the sojourner in our land, God also said be holy for I am holy. God also said in the OT and NT that we will always have the poor with us. That means we will never eradicate poverty; God never told us that we are required to. Rather He just said care for them. So pace yourself as you care for the least of these and don’t lose sleep; God gives rest to His beloved. I don’t think that not eradicating poverty is the “major” sin of Evangelicals…sin is sin. It doesn’t trump unfaithfulness, blaspheming God, dishonoring parents, lying, sexual immorality, hatred of our fellow man, etc.

    Let’s continue to spur one another on to good works with zeal. Personal holiness is a part of a life in Christ but we’re not performance based about achieving heaven. We are just trying to do all that God asks us to do. Devin was just pointing out that Jesus is everything and that without Him life is in vain.

  3. Paul says:

    “We are just trying to do all that God asks us to do.” I meant to say “all that God commands us to do.

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