REVOLUTION, OR STAGNATION?

Posted: December 5, 2013 in The Truth Revolution Book

What image does the church want to present of itself to its community? The question arises in light of a comment heard. Placing the phrase on the local church’s outdoor electronic marquee – “join the truth revolution here” – was presumed to be intriguing to passersby. At least one church member, however, thought otherwise; stating that the dictionary definition of “revolution” was, a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” 

 Perhaps this definition of a revolution conjures images of radical Middle Eastern uprisings, but is this not essentially what the kingdom of God is destined to do? The image of a militant returning Christ is forcefully presented in Revelation nineteen, and especially in this verse: From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.” (Revelation 19.15) Uncomfortable as it may make us, followers of Christ are aligned with a revolutionary leader who is destined to forcibly overthrow the present world system at His return.

 A local church propagating a message of revolution and uprising doubtfully will have found a formula for growth. But, at its core, the message of the kingdom of God – so central and vital – is fundamentally radical and revolutionary. Perhaps the state of church stagnation, so prevalent today, can be largely attributed to distancing itself from the revolutionary nature of the kingdom message. The cautious confession of this casual cynic is that the revolutionary “wine” (Matthew 9.17) of the kingdom just may not fit in to today’s church “wineskins”. Another movement or direction may be necessary to accommodate the kingdom revolution. 

 Intentionally provoking the wrath of society and government is both reckless and irresponsible, but the historic record of persecution indicates that the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this age have often clashed – largely initiated by a threatened world system. Inevitably, the more closely aligned the people of God are with the revolutionary nature of the kingdom message, the greater the risk of persecution. 

 Is the current state of church stagnation and decline to be attributed to distance from the revolutionary nature of the kingdom message? It is a question worth consideration by those passionate for the cause of Christ and the kingdom.

Comments
  1. Terry Gray says:

    For the follower of Jesus the Messiah, the “Revolution” entails both a “here and now” revolution of human character to conform to that of the perfect man Jesus; and, a “here and then” revolution in which all the misgovernments of this world will be replaced by the perfect government of Jehovah God. Thus, the children of God can relate to revolution on both the personal and worldwide levels.

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