A quote to chew on today:
Far too few who believe in the risen Christ actually believe in his revolutionary ideas. Brian Zahnd
That is a deep one.
We love the fact that Jesus saves us, we love the fact that Jesus loves us, but we are less comfortable with how he says we should live and love. We love that fact that Jesus loves us, when we were enemies, but we are reluctant to love our enemies. We believe in the risen Christ but don’t believe in his revolutionary ideas of love, sacrifice, and grace.
This quote makes me uncomfortable, and it should.
Because it’s so easy to like Jesus, and believe in him. The hard part is following him, is living like him, is being willing to practice what he practiced.
So while this quote makes me uncomfortable, it’s a good thing. Because sometimes when you get uncomfortable you get out of your comfort zone. And I think that’s what I need. I need to be challenged not just to believe in Jesus, but live like Jesus. To not just believe in a risen Christ, but to believe in his revolutionary ideas and follow them.
So while this quote makes me a little uncomfortable, it’s a good thing.
What do you think of it?