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bobbie

i think it's first an internal experience that flows into the external. it's the working out of my 'salvation' - if it isn't true deep within my bones my commitment to the revolution will wane with time.

if it's not first happening within me it won't flow into my community. or if i try to force or fake my way through it it will be obvious to those i am trying to reach.

the real revolution will be genuine, life giving and for 'his sake alone'. all others will be counterfeit and eventually be shown that they are building their own kingdoms instead of god's.

anj

You read my mind, check out my best today, which should be posted soon :),if you are interested in my answer to that question.

Vaughn

Wes-
These are great questions. You definitely point in the right direction (Jesus and his Kingdom). Perhaps somewhat more controversial, I'm not sure this "revolution" has anything to do with how I "feel" or my personal "experience". I think it is more about how the world (indeed the cosmos) fundamentally changed in 33 CE with the conquering of death and the reconciling of humanity by God in Jesus.

Remember the words of our Lord in Luke 4:18-19:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Perhaps THIS is the revolution and faithful disciples will get on board with God is already doing.
Keep up your good work, Wes.
Peace.

Deb

I think that was the beginning of a revolution Vaughn. But it seems to me (my opinion only) that things got off track or out of focus somewhere. The quote you posted a few weeks ago Wes spoke volumes to me regarding the church here in the US (and I'm assuming elsewhere)...

"In the beginning the Church was a fellowship of men and women centering on the living Christ.
Then the Church moved to Greece where it became a philosophy.
Then it moved to Rome where it became an institution.
Next, it moved to Europe where it became a culture.
And then it moved to American where it became an enterprise."
--Richard Halverson

I think the revolution has to ultimately be about Jesus and His Kingdom otherwise I'm not sure what the point is. I think it begins and grows out of a realization that the status quo isn't okay. There's a better way to live...a better way to spread the gospel. I think bobbie is right, it's starts within us each on an individual, internal level.

I need to give this some more thought. You ask such good questions Wes!

radioreb

Hi Wes,

I've been reading you for a couple of days and have a thought. Several years ago "revolution" hit me like a mindset. I felt like, as a youth minister, everything I did was subversive.

Recently, I read some CS Lewis and which book I am going to attempt to paraphrase from is in question, but he said something like this: "The nature of christianity is subversive. Every time we gather together we subvert the enemy's plan for the world."

Every hymn we sing strengthens our resolve in the fight to come. Our banner, like a flag, waves. Our sermons ring out like a speech before a battle, except our battle isn't over country...it's over hearts.

Just by signing onto eternal life with Jesus, we become revolutionary, we find a "new way to be human." I think revolution goes with the territory. We are more than rebellion as our victory is written. We work behind enemy lines to free those who are captive to the blase propaganda of one who can only offer an empty "now," an elusive happiness.

We are recruits. Trainees. Apostles.

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