By most objective standards, the modern version of Western Christianity is not working. Declines are evidence of faulty methods, confused messengers and muddled messages, not of any weakness in the gospel.
As some have done recently, I am not forecasting the end of Christianity in countries like Scotland or France in less than a generation? Instead, I’m predicting the rise of revolutionaries for Christ that alter the dynamics. In places where love has grown cold, spirit-filled men and women will lead a forceful advance of the kingdom of God that turns hearts back to God .
What does a revolutionary look like? They are not dressed in expensive suits or fine robes. They are passionate leaders that come from ordinary stock. They upset the status quo and become hated and hunted by the establishment, be it religious or political. Revolutionaries are outsiders. They are loved by the common people because they offer help for today and hope for tomorrow. In short, revolutionaries force change.
How about Jesus as an example? Did our Lord come to sew a new patch on the old garment of Judaism? What about the new wine he offered? Was his good news of the kingdom accepted among Jerusalem’s elite? Were the leading rabbis eager to give their place of prominence to their Messiah?
Where did Jesus look for disciples? Did he recruit graduates from top rabbinical schools? The Lord looked for followers outside the establishment, not inside. Jesus went outside of Judea to the towns of Galilee for his fishers of men. The Master purposely chose unschooled, ordinary men that he could train his way.
Among those he called were Peter and John. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, the apostles began to revolutionize the religious landscape with their teaching, preaching and miracles. Thousands of Jews believed in Christ as a result of their bold declaration in the resurrection and the need to repent. Among those who believed was Stephen, a Greek Jew, full of wisdom and the Spirit. Like Peter and John, Stephen was a son of the revolution that Jesus began. How much of Stephen’s life served as a role-model for another revolutionary, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles?
Those who lead revolutions are willing to die for their cause. Doesn’t that describe Jesus, Peter, Stephen and Paul?
That level of commitment has been largely lacking in our Western church leaders. Rather than having the courage to defy corrupted authority, they accommodate it.
As it was in The Book of Acts, “The Jesus Revolution” is about to be rekindled into a blazing fire that sweeps over the earth. Outsiders, not ivy tower insiders, will take the good news to the ends of the earth. Will you, dear reader, lead them, join them or will you oppose them?