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Be Dangerous
by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 11th of June 2014

BE DANGEROUS

 

I am amazed that devoted followers of Christ have consistently displayed the ability to ‘turn the world upside down’ (Acts 17.6). Down through the ages of church history, Jesus’ church (as distinct from human imitations) has cared for the sick, fed the poor, set free the captives, changed governments and affected the course of nations. We may have all read of the great poem by Allen Francis.

 

He was born in an obscure village 

The child of a peasant woman 

He grew up in another obscure village 

Where he worked in a carpenter shop 

Until he was thirty when public opinion turned against him

He never wrote a book 

He never held an office 

He never went to college 

He never visited a big city 

He never travelled more than two hundred miles 

From the place where he was born 

He did none of the things 

Usually associated with greatness 

He had no credentials but himself 

He was only thirty three 

His friends ran away 

One of them denied him 

He was turned over to his enemies 

And went through the mockery of a trial 

He was nailed to a cross between two thieves 

While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing 

The only property he had on earth 

When he was dead 

He was laid in a borrowed grave 

Through the pity of a friend 

Nineteen centuries have come and gone 

And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race 

And the leader of mankind's progress 

All the armies that have ever marched 

All the navies that have ever sailed 

All the parliaments that have ever sat 

All the kings that ever reigned put together 

Have not affected the life of mankind on earth 

As powerfully as that one solitary life

 

Jesus is amazing! His life and message is still attractive even to those who don’t  believe. So, I like the idea that it is time for the Church to once more to turn the world around!

 

Professor Iain Provan, Regent College, to the graduating class 2014 (an excerpt) “Be dangerous to those who worship money and material possessions – the idols of mammon. Lay bare the utopianism at the heart of modern economic ideology. Deride the universal expectation of more. Unmask the false gods; and proclaim that Jesus is Lord.

 

I charge you, most seriously . . . [to] be dangerous to all who, in the pursuit of [false] gods, damage other people, and damage God's good creation. Be dangerous to the powerful who want to use and oppress the weak, and to the rich who want to use and oppress the poor.

 

Be dangerous to those who diminish the importance of the individual person, in the womb or in the twilight years, or in between – to those who trample the individual soul, out of deference to the convenience of other family members, the health of the economy, the good of the state, or the well-being of the planet.

 

Don’t be safe. Don’t be polite. And certainly don’t be nice. Be good. Be Godly. And be very, very dangerous.’’

 

 

- Ps Mike