Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I Support the Real Revolution

When I signed up to follow Jesus I did not realize I was joining a subversive, revolutionary movement to transform culture and the world. One of my new Jesus-mentors handed me a book. I looked at the title and thought, "What the heck is this?" The little book was called Revolution Now. The cover looked like some underground graffiti message.

I didn't have the theological and hermeneutical skills to interpret this; viz., that I had been a captive to a dark, drug-filled, alcohol-abusing, perverted sex-thing, and was now taken captive, for freedom, by Jesus. I was "redeemed." Rescued. Set free. Things in my life would never, ever, be the same again.

And they haven't, since the inner revolution happened.

Want to see culture change? Sick of all the trite media love-languages that rise for a moment only to evaporate in the hands of the bondage machine? Forget the idea that politics or money or sex can rescue humanity. We've had several thousand years of this and we've not really changed, right? Changing the exterior of a person, or exterior cultural realities, affects no real cultural transformation.

The Real Revolution is inward. It is a heart-thing. Change the heart, and the cultural exterior follows. I still march to the sound of Jesus, having given up my misguided expectations that we can save ourselves, by ourselves, using our own mental abilities.

Jesus is going after the heart. That... is simply brilliant.

For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. - Matthew 6:21

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. - Matthew 12:34

The evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in the heart. - Matthew 13:19

For out of the heart come evil thoughts. - Matthew 15:19

Love the Lord your God with all your heart... - Matthew 22:37

The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart... - Luke 8:15

Jesus: Revolutionary of the Heart.

I support the Real Revolution.