In the Midst of a Generation Screaming for Answers, I ________.

Posted: May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ life and how he came into a world that largely rejected him.

We, in John 1: 10,11 read,

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

In the gospel of Matthew chapter two, we read about the evil king Herod, who hearing that a baby boy who would be the king of the Jews had been born in Bethlehem, had the boys in Bethlehem and vicinity around the age of two killed.  Talk about being unwanted.

Jesus did not shy away from telling the world that he had been sent by the  infinite, eternal God. The same God that delivered  the children of Israel from Egypt.  The same God that spoke through the prophets.  Check out a few of his bold, no holds barred statements:

John 14:6

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

John 14:9

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?

John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever

 

I know  in these times that it is not popular or perhaps even prudent to use words such as: CRUSADER, REVOLUTIONARY, ACTIVIST, RADICAL  If you were to stand up during your next flight and loudly proclaim, “I am a crusader, a revolutionary, an activist and a radical”, I suspect that the plane would detour to the nearest airport and that you would be detained by some mean looking federal agents.

Yet I believe that Jesus was in fact a crusader, a revolutionary, an activist and a radical as defined below:

Crusader: One committed to a vigorous and dedicated action or movement in favor of a cause.

A Revolutionary:  One involved in constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change

Activist: An especially vigorous advocate of a cause.

A Radical: A person who holds or follows strong convictions.

He wasn’t  angry, destructive or condemning.  He was driven by his love for His Heavenly Father and his love for the people his Father created.  He was:

Passionate:  Capable of, affected by, or expressing intense feeling

Compassionate:  Synonyms-pitying, sympathizing, sympathetic, tender.

Dedicated: Wholly committed to something, as to an ideal

Driven: Strongly motivated

I read a quote recently by Howard Hendricks that pierced my heart.  He said,

In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.

Today, in our morning meeting in the office, I asked the guys to complete this sentence: In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are__________.

The answers given were: silent, preoccupied, unseeing, complacent.

God has called us to be radical in our faith.  He has called us to actively share the gospel with others.  He has called us to be passionate, dedicated and driven.

It is not uncommon to hear believers cry out against the state of the world, of the church, of the government and of the family.  But I believe the greater concern is the lack of radicals, crusaders, revolutionaries, and activists who unswervingly proclaim the truth of the gospel.  I’m not suggesting that we soap box or condemn, belittle, or rant and rave; but rather that we with a firm conviction proclaim the truth in love.

How would you finish this sentence:  In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, I______________.

How do I finish that sentence?

John

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Comments
  1. Becky says:

    In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, I
    -am a big fat chicken
    -don’t love enough
    -need to step up
    -desire boldness

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