Radical change comes from radical thinking, believing and action. Think about all that Jesus accomplished while he walked the earth -- his teachings that change the trajectory of lives (ours included), the physical healings, the deliverance into freedom from life of pain and separation, laying the path to the awareness of spiritual resurrection, and so on.
As I think about life today -- the pains and perils -- the question comes to me "Why isn't the Church radical?" I don't mean radical in an oppressive, divisive, judgmental kind of way. I mean radical in a Christ Mind kind of way. Radical love, radical self-care, radical patience, radical forgiveness, radical service, radical faith, radical beauty, radical joy. If the Church is to model Jesus's teachings, then how is it that the Church seems to be losing its power? Or is it that the Church has become content with preaching salvation without teaching the principles of Jesus?
This world has become afraid of the word "radical," especially Christians, because we've become comfortable in thinking salvation is all we need. But salvation isn't accepting Christ in the traditional sense. It's living a life of Christ consciousness. And many of us have decided to play it safe, ignoring the call God has placed on our life when the thing we are running from came be the very purpose that safes our soul.
It will take a radical group of people -- perhaps the Church, perhaps not -- to do the greater works than Jesus, which he ordained and blessed us to do generations ago. When you look around, maybe in your own neighborhood, there are those in need -- maybe not of a place to stay or of food, but of a transformed mind. A heart and mind filled with faith and a new wisdom.
Jesus teaches us, from the examples of his life that we have, the importance of living an awaken life, to not fall into the cultural norms. It's so easy to go with the majority, to get caught up in the direction of the current. That's why we need community. That's why the church could be an essential place if it too was radical, if it didn't come from a position of separation and a limited "Christianity" mindset instead of a Christ-centered mindset.
It's time for the Church and people who love God to be just as radical as Jesus was. I'm not suggesting that we try to walk on water and that we deny medical treatment when needed. I'm talking about putting on the mind of Christ in terms of being a change agent in the lives of this broken world. I'm talking about seeing life from the heart and mind of Christ and not from ego's perspective.
The truth is, we do not have to live in a world where there are millions dying of hunger each day. We do not have to live in the world where our values are based on our bank accounts. We do not have to live in a world where the injustices become a norm, and gun violence is acceptable. That's our world of today and that's the reality we have chosen.
God has a different reality for us to live and it's not the one we will see on the news or read in magazines or on Facebook. When we become serious, as Christians, about Jesus more than religion and Church, then we will live out a transformative life and be conduits of heaven on earth. When we wake up and make a conscious decision and effort to walk this spiritual path with authenticity, to be open to God's flow within us, to surrender our thoughts to a Greater thought, then we began to see clearer our role in continuing (and not merely trying to emulate) the radicalness of Jesus.
And when we take on the heart of Jesus we become something different than what the Church has become known for. We become agents of love and forgiveness, grace and healing that transform the world. Now, that's radical!