Radical as we stand for truth against a hostile world, radical as we defend our faith in the public sector, radical in our life choices, our life styles ----
We see fans with spiked hair and painted faces in support of their favorite sports teams - radical.
We hear Muslims threatening retaliation against perceived attacks on their beliefs - radical.
We watch as homosexual advocates march or picket in support of their deviant lifestyles - radical.
We see, we hear we watch, but…
Radical Christianity is what God desires, albeit demands of us His followers. He has called us, equipt us and expects us to be radical - for Him, because of Him. If we have truly died with Christ, if we carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in us, we must be radical - there is no other way.
Webster defines radical:
As an adjective - of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.
Thorough going or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms.
As a noun - a person who holds or follows strong convictions or extreme principles; extremist.
God’ Word is clear, it is eternal and it does not change -
- we are called to be radical:
A radical Christian hears the radical call of Jesus and although he may not completely understand, he obeys.
Matthew tells us:
“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he [Jesus] saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” - radical.
“…and going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him” - radical.
Paul' was passionate for his LORD:
If we are rooted and grounded in Christ, we must be radical. The call of Jesus is as demanding for us to today as it was for His disciples two thousand years ago: