Extremists are in the news. “The attacks in Paris have shown us extremism at its most brutal and bloody, the kind that celebrates death, destruction and mayhem.”
As Christ followers, we often go the opposite direction and avoid being characterized like this. We think moderation is next to godliness. But did you know that the Bible calls for Christians to be extremists? Titus 2:14 calls for Christ followers to be “zealous for good works.” As blogger Tim Challies points out, we are to be zealots in our efforts to do good.
But did you know that the Bible calls Christians to extremism as well? It calls Christians to be zealots in a cause, to go to great lengths to carry out extreme deeds in the name of Jesus. We see this in Paul’s little letter to Titus where we are reminded of Jesus Christ “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).
We, too, are to be extremists. We, too, are to go to extreme measures to serve our God. And here are our marching orders: Do good. We are to bring glory to God by doing good for others. Allah may be glorified in maimed bodies and blood-soaked city streets, but God is glorified in acts of love and deeds of kindness. He is glorified in deeds done not to earn favor with God, but deeds done as an expression of gratitude because we have already received the favor of God. God is glorified as we serve others in his name. God is honored in the costly sacrifice of love.
Click on the link to read the full article, “A Call for Christian Extremists.” Get out of your comfort zone and do good.