I wanted to write about something else..but pushed that for later.
Somebody asked me recently, “Ashish, do you think you are doing what God is asking you to do?” It is an important question. We are all to be in God’s divine will after all.
But I have a problem with how people and especially some in the church view this aspect. I believe Jesus Christ was a radical. The dictionary terms radical as a “revolutionary: markedly new or introducing radical change – person who has radical ideas or opinions” (Taken from http://wordnet.princeton.edu)
Jesus went about doing exactly the things the then current system did not allow. He healed on the Sabbath. He dined with sinners. He spoke to Samaritans. He loved the lost. He moved with lowly people (at least in society – fishermen).
He went against the system. He proclaimed that the system is wrong. And the best part is that He did not come to form a new system. He came to give freedom. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jesus said in John 8:36
But alas, I often found in the church that we form systems and expect people to abide by them. Now please note I am not totally against systems. We use systems to get things done and pretty well too. But what happens when those same systems get in the way of the will of God? It becomes our idol. When our system takes a higher place and importance than the will of God – we put God in second place (which is not right and something He will not bear).
I have never been fond of societal systems. I have always, for some reason, rebelled against them. People get very uncomfortable because of that. They actually tell me, “How many people in our church do things like this?” I don’t care if other people do it or not. What matters is that Jesus has broken my shackles and set me free. I am not bound by any worldly chains. And I may not be liked because of this thinking.
Jesus set examples – Pure Love, Humility, Compassion and many more. Paul says in Ephesians 5: 1a “Be imitators of God”. We are supposed to imitate Jesus. How often we meet people who have had a bad experience with a proclaimed Christian or in church? (There are even sites dedicated for Ex-Christians!!!) I often ask my parents if people would accept me if somebody were to walk into church with torn jeans, long hair and earrings. I am sure some would but most would pass judgement at the first look. Even if they would all accept him the first time, they would expect him to be formed into their mould later.
Christ was a RADICAL. He called his disciples to be radicals – people who follow his example. That includes loving your enemies and accepting people just the way they are. Are we game?
(I would love to know your opinion on this. I would surely like to know if I am wrong in my thinking. Please comment. Thank you.)