There are days when I feel like walking down the street, calling out the question, “Would the real Christians please stand up!” We seem to have forgotten how radical Jesus lived His life and that He has called us to do the same.
Jesus said, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) and He also said, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:25-26.
Jesus is a radical! He was counter-cultural! Jesus preached love amidst hatred; unity amidst divisiveness; faith amidst the legalistic religious leaders of His day; inclusiveness amidst exclusionary religious leaders; wholeness amidst the brokenhearted; freedom amidst those who were held in yokes of bondage; love amidst hatred. Jesus spoke truth to power, and we, as Christians, are to do no less!