Most, if not all, revolutions end goal is to overthrow an existing regime or system and replace it with a new one that eventually becomes just as controlling as the first regime and then needs a revolution. And so it goes.
When Jesus came and started his revolution, it was directed towards the Jewish religious system. What’s interesting to me is I don’t know if Jesus ever intended to replace Judaism with Christianity, another form of a limiting system. What Jesus began was a community that believed in certain values and lived out those values intentionally. Could Jews be a part of it? Absolutely. Gentiles? For sure. It wasn’t a new system or a new religion. It was a new way of being human.
Jesus used the metaphor of salt to show us this. You don’t eat salt by itself. I know people who use a lot of salt, but it’s not a standalone. Nor are Christians to be. We are not a political system or a religious system…we have become those things. But Christianity, the revolutionary kind that Jesus intended, was to be a change agent to existing systems and existing cultures and existing religions (i.e Judaism).
In a little over two weeks I’m going to be sharing this concept with my church family and my hope is that we will grasp the significance we have, by God, to be change agents in our schools, in our workplaces, in our homes, in our neighborhoods and in our churches.