Posts tagged rebellion
Posts tagged rebellion
I always find it a bit odd when I observe the images people conjure up of Jesus Christ.
It’s like we’re reading two entirely different Bibles at times.
The world has fallen for this portrait of a caucasian, tender-hearted, pushover with an unusual love for bright colored clothing. [Jesus was a poor Jew…]
This isn’t quite the vision that comes to mind when I read the Scriptures. Jesus knew the truth and he let it set Him free - fully human and fully divine, He walked as one among us.
The Jesus I praise was/is an unconventional, controversial, rebellious badass with serious balls. He was point blank, frank, blunt even. Unafraid to call it like He saw it. He turned tables - literally. Often times He would just call people out for what they were - religious hypocrites, close minded, and racist (take the story of the good Samaritan for example). Sure He had a soft spot for the underdog, but that didn’t make Him a wimp by any means.
Jesus was a full blood Jew in the royal line of King David (the badass who killed Goliath). His fingers were probably callused, His skin dark and worn from years of hot carpentry work in Israel’s harsh climate. He most likely wore humble garments that were far from white (and not clean by today’s standards) and His hair probably wasn’t kept.
My Jesus was a radical revolutionary. One might even call Him a hippie of sorts - living by a message of peace, hope and equality for all of God’s creation. So where exactly the modern mainstream image of Jesus originated from I can’t seem to figure out. When people speak of Jesus, sometimes I have to stifle a laugh. I’m sure from up in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, Jesus chuckles a little bit too.
Perhaps we need to rediscover the Scriptures and remember our fearless and bold Savior. A man who was tender enough to welcome children into His arms, yet firm enough to turn the whole world upside down, bringing people to their knees. He wasn’t afraid to turn the other cheek, but He certainly wasn’t afraid to let His voice be heard either.
This is the Man-God that early Christians were willing to suffer extreme torture and executions for at the hands of the Romans.
Clearly this God, messiah, prophet, teacher, Lord, savior is unconventional.
Part of me can’t help but paint this picture in my mind of Jesus with two bold fingers up in the face of the nagging pharisees.
…but that’s just me…and I’m weird.
I suppose the beauty and appeal of Jesus Christ is the fact that He is the Savior of all for all. There are no boundaries or limits to His love and mercy. It’s just hardcore 24/7 lovin’. He can be whatever we want Him to be because He wants our relationship to be personal and intimate.
So whether your faith is catered to the common caucasian Jesus of Western pop culture, or my rugged and radical one, the point essentially is this: Jesus does love you individually with a fiercely unconventional and passionate love. And that I hope is something we can all agree on. :)
Wanna start a war?
Let’s be a founders of a rebellion.
Forget anything that we’ve been told by this world.
Let’s stop listening to politicians trying to convince us that they can bring “CHANGE!”.
Why aren’t we the “CHANGE!”?
I don’t see why we couldn’t be.
Perhaps we are.
Well then it’s time to stop hibernating.
We CANNOT wait for good things to come to us.
We have to pursue greatness!
Don’t settle for good.
Don’t settle for anything.
Stop being satisfied with “good enough”.
We weren’t made to be lazy.
Wanna fight? Yeah?
We have every right, every power, every grace, everything strength, every capability to set the world on fire.
To send a shockwave throughout the world.
We created to do/perform nothing less, no lesser feats.
Live vibrantly, passionately.
Throw your heart and soul into renewal and discovery.
We need YOU to be all you can be.
Now stop giving up, stop slacking off, stop putting off.
Be all you were made to be.
Help us change the world.
Help us create a Kingdom of God here on earth.
There has been enough time spent on petty rulers and people who try to lead us.
We have to remember Who IS the King of Kings.
It’s time for a rebellion.
Are you with me?
empty out your houses and the brands that hold you down.