Jesus the Extremist

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters. — Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23

Jesus’ own words. Extreme? Perhaps, which is confusing when reading certain items from this story.

American culture has been “hijacked by extremists” – atheists and fundamentalists – one author believes. That leaves a lot of people in the “middle ground” where although there may be a belief in Jesus, their interests are far from conventional Christianity.

The author, Ruth Rimm, contends:

“Most Americans would rather discover the spiritual truths behind the religious metaphors, especially given how fundamentalism is impacting public life with a narrow view of religion,” Rimm says.

A narrow view of religion huh? I guess she can ask Jesus what He meant in the above text. Jesus was an extremist, who but an extremist would ask you to do this?

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. — Luke 14:26

He also said something about narrowness:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. — Matthew 7:13

We as infallible creatures might view it as extreme but that’s only because we have a warped view of reality. Of course one is going to view this as extreme if one can’t/won’t/doesn’t accept that God is God and we are not.

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One Response to Jesus the Extremist

  1. I don’t know if I am extreme in my religious views. I find that they are intense and drive me first towards an ever deeper love of Christ and also for a concern for my fellow man.

    I also know that in my public life I can’t be speaking of Christ as I work in the public school. I whenever possible address moral imperatives, and try to exemplify my identification with Christ by exemplifying competence and compassion.

    I did once make a somewhat public profession. A few years back one of my students had a little button that said “I Love Jesus”. What a brave thing for a teen to do in a public school. She was running a Bible Club at the High School. I whispered to her, as if I was giving her assistance, “I do too”. She smiled. I saw her mom awhile back, and she reported that Jessi never forgot that day.

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