You Say You Want A Revolution?


            Remember when we believed that our economy was not vulnerable?  Remember when you could go to church and hear about Jesus, instead of about man?  Remember when we believed in the time honored faith that is Christianity?


            I do.


            I have come to the place, however, where none of these things hold water any more.  I am tired of a world where God loves America more than any one else.  I am tired of cultural beliefs replacing biblical theology.  I am tired of a world where we cannot tell the Christians from the non-Christians because we are all behaving badly.


            What is to be done?  My wife tells me that Joyce Meyer summed it up well a couple of days ago.  Joyce says that she, and others, believes that a revival will no longer serve us well.  A revival, they say, takes us back to the old ways.  What we need is a revolution!


            I did not hear the sermon, but it is clear to me that we need this spiritual revolution.  A revolution creates a new thing.  The American Revolution created a new country.  It is the nature of revolution to create something new from the ashes of the old.


            Here is an example of the problem we have as the American church.  It comes from the front page of the news reports and it expertly shows the cultural nature of our faith. 


            The current call for the dissolution of the dollar into a single global currency has set the American church into a panic of fear.  See, it is just like Revelation says it will be.  The anti-christ is rising.  It is the end of the world because the dollar is going away.


            I am not wild about the dollar disappearing because there is great fear that goes with any drastic change.


            I was, however, talking with a great friend of mine who is a lawyer in Germany about this issue.  He laughed it off and said it does not scare me.  Of course it does not scare him, his currency was already swallowed up by the Euro and the anti-christ did not come.  Besides, we know the anti-christ is coming.  It means that the end is coming and Jesus is returning.  We should be working to hasten his return, not fearing it.


            Now, I know, most of you are reading this thinking something like this.  Well, of course the German is not worried he is part of the anti-christ system.  It is from Europe where the anti-christ comes.


            I think this example shows the cross-cultural shortcomings of our faith in the American church, instead of the church universal.  This is one place where the Catholics are way ahead of the Protestants.  Their church is not American, it is universal.


Why is it a problem when we have a cultural faith?  It is a problem because Christianity was not designed to work only in the American culture.  Christian works without regard to culture.  And, because Christianity is based on changing the heart of a man rather than the head of a man, it is a cross-cultural phenomenon. 


Therefore, if it does not preach everywhere in the world, we should not be preaching it anywhere in the world.  See the question is not what would a showered, shaved, suit-wearing Jesus do.  The question is what would the Jesus of the Bible do.  That Jesus was a man who slept on the ground, because he had no place to lay his head.  He was not a Wall Street Banker, or a Hollywood preacher.  He was a man who lived life as God become man, beyond the reach of the stupidity that engulfs the rest of us.


Why are we still playing the show game?  Look what God did for ME!  He gave ME this.  Which asks the rhetorical question, what did God do for you at the same time.  I am tired of this game.  God is not a show piece.  He is not showing off to impress us.


God, instead of seeing the world through our eyes, sees everything.  He sees the triviality of the American Dream being pursued without excuse, all the while children are starving to death, women are being abused, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  But we are believing God for a new car, a better house, more money in our retirement account.


There is a saying that ran through this town for a while.  I think it came from one of the television folks.   Someone says, “God is good.”  The response is “God is good all the time.”


This is a true statement.  God is good, God is good all the time.  Let us not forget, however, that life sucks most of the time for most of the world.


What would Jesus do?  He would do exactly what he did the last time he was physically here.  He would go about doing good, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, and setting the captives free.


I do not think he would be creating pat phrases that make life a joke and make Americans feel good about themselves.


It was Nero, not Jesus, who fiddled while Rome burned.  Jesus, through his church at the time, was walking through Rome seeking to save that which was lost.


1 Response to “You Say You Want A Revolution?”

  1. 1 matt 28 March 2009 at 1:17 pm

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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