Radical is normal

Radical. What an interesting word. It is perhaps one of the most misused words compared to its original meaning. It has been associated with everything from being extreme to crazy.  Quite the contrary, radical is normal. It is the ABC’s of a belief.

rad·i·cal

from Latin radicalis, which means “of or having roots,” from Latin radix (gen. radicis) “root”

adjective

– of or going to the root or origin; fundamental

– forming a basis or foundation.

– In botany,  of or arising from the root or the base of the stem.

Radical is really calling things back to roots, foundations, fundamentals, and origins. Often people who stick to the core beliefs of their faith are called “radical fundamentalists” in a negative tone. Radical fundamentalist is really a redundant phrase. It is as if the world demands that one be mediocre and compromising in their beliefs and convictions. It wants all beliefs to bend and change colors to adapt to the next designer ideology or popular norm.
The world seems to say “come and relax” into a comfortable couch of collective brainwash, which it calls unity and tolerance. The current cultural landscape and its leaders demand that we believe whatever comes down the pipe, whether good or bad according to God’s standards. I am totally open-minded, just not to destructive ideologies. To be open to everything is unwise and naive at best. We need to exercise discernment, which is pretty rare these days.
We remember everyone from our coaches to our teachers driving home the fundamentals of a sport, art, or science.  Yet when people are addressed with religion and its declaration of the meaning of life, they get antsy. This is because apart from God, our hearts are evil and selfish.  The truth is – God sets the foundation and it’s our responsibility to build our lives upon it.
Radical is about calling things back to this foundation. All Christians by definition must be radical and hold true to the core foundations of faith in Jesus and the Word of God. Many times, radicals are destroyed by their opponents in an effort to eradicate their ideology and actions.  Truly, those who excel in life are radical.  They first learn the principles roots of a discipline, then they live and practice it. Jesus was the preeminent radical as John 1:1-5 states.
I want to be a radical Christian, do you?

John 1:1-5    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

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One Response to “Radical is normal”
  1. 10.23.2014

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