“Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.” Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.” Mark 14:48-50 NLT

A revolution is defined as something or someone radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.

A revolutionary person fearlessly advocates radical change. Revolutionary people and ideas challenge the status quo and might be violent or willing to upset the natural order to achieve their goals.

We cannot change the dominant oppressive narrative of the empire to a transformative Kingdom narrative without being a revolutionary. Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude.

There are very few revolutionary people that come into our world in a lifetime. When they do they change the landscape of our existence. You don’t have to be violent to be a revolutionary; just ask  Gandhi or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But they were willing to give their lives. What about you?

We have too many Christians who are stuck in this status quo, play it safe, religious but not spiritual kind of existence. They belong to dying churches and troubled neighborhoods because they are not revolutionaries.

They are not a threat to empire or the enemy because they’ve never been arrested. Not just arrested in the literal sense but even inconvenienced for their activity involving being change agents.

Jesus was a nonviolent revolutionary! He changed the status quo. He came to preach good news to the poor, heal the broken hearted, set the captives free, and proclaimed release to those in debt. He had a transformative narrative for the oppressive narrative of the empire.

Where are the Christ followers? Have we deserted Jesus for fear of arrest? Do we not want to be implicated for doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with Jesus?

Am I a revolutionary?!

  1. Only if you are innovative and change the status quo. If you are comfortable with the way things are you are not a revolutionary.
  2. If you choose violence over nonviolence you are not a revolutionary, you are suicidal. When Peter pulled out his sword to strike the Roman officer arresting Jesus, he told Peter, “Put your sword away; those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” Violence only begets more violence.
  3. Only if you upset the current political climate. If you are a Christian and you don’t see anything wrong with how immigrants are being treated, African Americans are being slaughtered and incarcerated, and the poor are being ignored then you are not a revolutionary like Jesus. You have deserted him for fear that the government will arrest you. 

We should decide today if we are going to be a threat to the empire by being revolutionary Christians or continue to build an empire contrary to Kingdom values because we are too scared to shake things up.

Dear God,

Help me to be revolutionary! I am not satisfied with the way things are. You have called me to bring light to dark places and to challenge those who are complacent. I believe there is a hidden kingdom that better expresses your will for humanity. Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In Jesus’ Name!