The Jesus Revolution

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  1. Dave Sanders says:

    Your insight on the politicizing Christianity is very astute. So many of those who believe in Christ are driven by materialism be it the prosperity gospel or the social justice gospel. Your point that “If we are going to attempt something as grand as “changing the world” at all, we do so by being that part of the world changed by Christ” is well taken. I am reminded of that line in the movie ‘Jesus of Nazreth’, “Before kingdoms change men must change.” However, what does this mean?

    Those in the Protestant-Evangelical world are rarely familiar with the Christian East. To the earliest Christians to “change” meant the literal metamorphosis or “transfiguration” of the person. We are to go from “glory to glory” and become “like” Christ. What Christ is by nature we become by grace. ‘Theosis’ or deification as the Church Fathers taught is God’s purpose for man. If we set our sights on becoming more like him then we not only transform ourselves but affect the transformation of those around us.

    During the time of the “Jesus Revolution” there were also many who were raised as Christians that tired of materialism and left Christianity for Eastern mysticism, i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Sadly, they were unaware of the mystical tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church where heaven and earth come together in mystical union with the Godhead, the true “Kingdom.”

    Since my conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy in 1982, there has been a growing interest in the ancient Church of the East. Still, many in the West are skeptical. This can be seen by the continuing proliferation of denominational, non-denominational, and interdenominational congregations that still look for what has been here since the Day of Pentecost, AD 33.

    Transform the world? Sure. But we need to transform ourselves first. That is the true revolution.

  1. January 29, 2017

    […] And if any of this sounds vaguely political – it is, but in not the way we expect.  As one pastor and author wrote recently, the problem with both the Christian Right and the Christian Left is that they reduce the word “Christian” to an adjective. God does not serve any worldly power.  To live as a Christian is to live under the reign and rule of Christ. And this is revolutionary, in fact (as the author put it) the only truly revolutionary politics the world has ever seen. And he adds, “The church doesn’t need to enforce this revolution, the church only needs to live it.” (Brian Zahnd, http://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/faith-and-public-life/the-jesus-revolution/) […]

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