Updated: Aug 29, 2021
Are you willing to be politically outrageous?
Jesus’ actions in Jerusalem when he fashioned a whip because the misuse of the temple as a market (See John 2:13-25) made me wonder if I am willing to be seen as outrageous when it comes to the injustices that I see in society? The temple and Jerusalem was not just a religious place, but it is where law, religion, and politics converged. Jesus did not like what he saw, and he stood up against it.
Today, there are many people who act in outrageous ways, but most of them, in my opinion, are fighting for the wrong truth. I see people fighting for fascism, rights to kill, gender fluidity, and a host of other moral issues that are questionable in the eyes of God. In some ways, the outrage produces results. It brings attention to the issue, and demands a result.
However, Christians are typically passive. This isn’t a bad posture to maintain, but if Christ was outraged and acted in a strong, powerful manner that demanded attention to the issues at hand, should we follow suite?
How this is fleshed out is important. I’m not trying to prominent civil chaos, but some form of disobedience that marks a line in the sand is needed, or at least should be considered. I don’t know if I have the strength to do this well, but I hope that I can more actively consider how to fly my colors not just in the church or on social media, but as a citizen of the United States.