Chrisitan Extremists

This past Sunday, the Discovery microchurches took a “field trip.”  We went to another church in the area to hear Ajai Lall, founder of Central India Christian Mission (CICM), speak about his work.  CICM celebrates their 25th anniversary this year.  In those 25 years, CICM has planted 620 churches.  Those churches have a combined 175,000 people worshiping Jesus.  That’s mind-blowing.  We get excited here in the states when we plant a church that eventually runs 1,000… and a majority of those people have come from other churches.  CICM works in an area of India (as well as parts of Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal) where less than 1% of the people claim to be Christian.  In addition to planting churches, CICM does a great deal of humanitarian work, which opens the door for the gospel to be preached–medical work, working with orphans, etc.  God is truly doing great things in the world.  You can see the video of his message here (the audio isn’t the greatest–we’re trying to get a better audio source).

Ajai talked about being a Christian extremist.  We hear the word “extremist” and we think about dudes like Osama Bin Laden–people who take their faith so seriously that they’re willing to die for it (and, in the violent threads of Islam and even Hinduism, force others who disagree to die with them). 

What does a Christian extremist look like?  Here in the states, we tend to think of the “religious right”, guys like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell, people protesting at gay rallies and abortion clinics.  But when you look in the Bible, you see that Christian extremism isn’t about self-righteous finger pointing, political protesting, or lobbying for the government to legislate righteousness.  It’s about imitating Jesus–having extreme love for your enemies, having extreme concern for those who don’t know Jesus, having extreme compassion for those in need, and having extreme forgiveness for those who wrong you.  It’s about being Jesus where you are, and living in such a way that people are both attracted to Jesus and, paradoxically, reactionary to it.  It’s about being so open to God’s leading that you’ll go wherever He calls you to go–whether it be across the world or across the street. 

Ajai challenged us to ask ourselves a question:  what are you doing with what God has given you?  Are we willing to be Christian extremists who have extreme love, extreme, compassion, extreme forgiveness, and extreme concern?  We don’t have to be on foreign soil to have and practice those things.  We can do it right where we are (although we must be ready if God should send us elsewhere).  There are so many people who don’t know Jesus right in our back yard and across the world.

What extremes will we go to in order to tell them and show them Jesus?

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Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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3 Responses to Chrisitan Extremists

  1. Justin Dunn says:

    well, i get what your saying (refering to your comment on your last blog) but at the same time i dont think you get me. i am never angry, about anything, not true i do get angry about movies and comic books, but i dont rant or rave about things. i actually just try to see life as practical as i can, its the best way i can make sense of it. the biggest thing about all of it is that i dont believe God has called us to to the same things. at all. in fact some of our callings are completely opposite of each other and thats okay. for me, i have been called to reach a community. it starts first with my family, then it moves to my neighbors, then my community. if i ever accomplish that, then maybe the city then further. thats why i will never have a stance on politics, abortion, drugs, or whatever unless it is fundamentally influencing the community in which i am ministering to.

    thats it, i just see things as practical as possible to be as effective as possible. thats why i cant get your statistics. there are people all over this community who dont know Jesus. thats my task, and i trust that God is doing his thing in other parts of the world.

    ultimately, i think painting me with a naive brush, sure, an angry white guy brush, nope. not at all. i usually reserve that brush from folks from RBC anyway. ha ha…eh.

  2. Aaron says:

    Hey dude,

    I totally get you now–and I think your current comment clarifies what you were trying to say (it’s the tone the first comment projected–you can’t read someone’s body language or hear the pitch/tone/volume of their voice in an email or comment–it just came across a little “angry and white” even though it wasn’t meant to. It’s not the first time it’s happened–I’ve seen it on other blogs, too. I know now that you’re not). Those stats aren’t meant to guilt people into going into foreign missions… just to raise awareness of the global need. It totally sucks that more people know who Bin Laden is than Jesus. And, just like you said, we need to do what God has called us to do where we’re at. He’ll get His stuff done in other parts of the world–which we can support in various ways (prayer, $$$, etc.).

    Thanks for clarifying. And I’m super pumped that you and I are on the same team.

    And yeah, RBC guys tend to be like that… which sucks.

  3. Heather says:

    Yeah, this is just like that book you told me to read!

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