Extremism

These are extreme times that call for extremists. ObeyGC2 practitioners are extremists for love.

Imagine a world in which the headlines shouted out reports of extremists who were turning the world upside-down by returning good for evil. We actually do see such reports from time to time even in the mainstream media. They are rarely the headlines, but they are attached to articles or stories about unspeakable atrocities perpetrated by heartless terrorists, recently often Islamic extremists. Survivors or family members of those who have been killed speak of forgiveness and even love. Those people are are also extremists and in every case I have seen they are radically following Jesus. They are extremists for love. Their response glorifies God and mystifies many observers. The more closely the world examines the situation, the more glory God receives. Extreme darkness provides a greater contrast for the light to shine forth. Let’s commit ourselves to shine consistently so when the opportunity arises we will be ready. We should also seek out dark surroundings in order to maximize our impact for God’s Kingdom.

Matt 5:43-48

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

2 Cor 8:1-6
8:1 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.