Thanks to the current political video hullabaloo popping up repeatedly in my Zite App I’m reminded of my disdain for politics and all that goes with it. Coupled with politics is my frustration for those who complain about what certain politicians are/aren’t doing instead of actually getting up and doing something themselves drives me toward insanity, so I try to avoid it all. With all of this fresh on my mind, I’ve begun re-reading Greg Boyd’s book titled Myth Of A Christian Religion.
It’s been quite sometime that I’ve felt my spirit cause my brain to meditate and process on the level it is at this moment. Due to the curse of a mind that often does not stop thinking, I feel like a computer frozen in thought. My wheel of colors is spinning and spinning but nothing on the surface is happening. But, in the brains of the system synapses are firing, things are happening, thoughts are provoking more thoughts and those thoughts are branching off into a hundred other mini-thoughts.
I’m on sensory overload and it’s freaking beautiful – even if it does have to do with the political realm.
I want to offer you a snippet of what I am processing and I ask you to process with me. Don’t forget, in order to fully receive what is being given we must prostrate ourselves. We mustn’t remain on our feet but rather fall to our face in humility, ready to hear what is being spoken by the Divine. God often teaches me through the people I agree with the least. Although I agree with what Boyd is saying, I’m praying some of you hate it. The most difficult words to hear are what we usually need most.
When people get serious about their call to follow Jesus’ example, it’s revolutionary. Literally. The Kingdom that Jesus ushered into the world is a revolution. It revolts. In manifesting the beauty of God’s reign, the Kingdom revolts against everything in the world that is inconsistent with this reign.
But the Kingdom revolution is unlike any other the world has known. It’s not a revolution of political, nationalistic, or religious ideas and agendas, for Jesus showed no interest in such matters. Indeed, these “revolutions” are trivial by comparison to Christ’s, and whenever people have tried to transform the Kingdom into one of these revolutions they have trivialized the Kingdom and denied its essential character.
The revolutions of the world have always been about one group trying to wrest power from another. The revolution Jesus launched, however, is far more radical, for it declares the quest for power over others to be as hopeless as it is sinful. Jesus’ Kingdom revolts against this sinful quest for power over others, choosing instead to exercise power under others. It’s a revolution of humble, self-sacrifice, loving service. It always looks like Jesus, dying on Calvary for the very people who crucified him.
Today, may you rejoice in the transforming, humble, self-sacrificing Love of Calvary.
May your ideas be shaken.
May you be challenged to process.
Sometimes sensory overload is a good thing.
Grace and Peace