Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is Jesus Christ a radical?

Jesus Christ Radical

al (adjective)

1. Of or going to the root or origin; fundamental; a radical difference

2. Going to the extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms; radical change in policy

3. Favoring a drastic political, economic, or social reforms; radical ideas

Wow! I think Jesus was and is a REDICAL. He certainly brought a different doctrine from the one that was the norm in society and in the church. His message was and is extreme – not in the organized churches where His message has been corrupted, but His teachings and commandments are radical. He came to bring DRASTIC reforms of all systems; religious, social, political and economic.

Matthew 10:34-40 (CAME TO BRING THE SWORD)

34”Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”

That sounds radical to me. His message is we must give up everything, all earthly wealth and possessions. He knew this would not be accepted by most people.

He says, ”He that findeth his life on earth will lose it, but he that loseth his life for Me (God) will find it.”

This message is lost to most Christians who are a part of the status quo and fight against the teachings of Jesus.

Matthew 22:37-40

37”And He said to him, "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'

38"This is the great and foremost commandment.

39"The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'

40" On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 7:12 (GOLDEN RULE)

12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

John 14:15 “If ye love me keep my commandments.”

How many Christians actually do the above? America is 80% Christian and we have 50 million neighbors without health insurance including 8 million children. Over 22,000 Americans die each year because they can’t get medical treatment for curable illness in the richest country in the world. We gave 400 American billionaires including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett worth over $1.3 trillion.

Is there one church in America that can be called “Radical”? No they are all status quo and support the existing exploitation of the poor, sick and children by the rich and greedy. These churches don’t demand higher taxes on the rich and more programs for the poor.

Tens of millions of Americans are Republicans and say they believe in Jesus. Is this possible? Over 80% of Republicans support the American occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What is wrong with this picture? Would Jesus Christ give billionaires more money and deny people healthcare?

Please email your senator and tell them to vote for the public option to provide healthcare for all Americans.

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