How to be a Radical Christian (i.)
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Maybe your first thought is, “Yuck! Who wants this Pentecostal/Charismatic phoney baloney spiritual gifts-type of stuff. Not me!”
Relax. Take a deep breath. Now, continue reading.
Let’s say that you and your wife take your daughter to the mall. She is three years old and dressed up in just the cutest Bambi t-shirt and jeans outfit. Everyone looks at her and smiles. She’s a doll and you adore her, and would do anything for her.
But because you were in a hurry when you left home, you did not use the restroom, and you need to go – now. You tell your wife. She rolls her eyes and says, “Oh honey, use the one in Macy’s Department Store. We’ll wait here for you by the kids play area.”
You rush to the restroom, do your duty, wash your hands and leave. As you walk back from of the store, you see a flash and hear an explosion from an Islamic terrorist’s bomb. It knocks you down. Glass particles and debris are all over you.
Brushing yourself off, you run to where you wife and daughter were waiting. When you get there, you see bodies all over the floor. Somehow, you find your wife and daughter. They’re dead; blood all over them.
Now, what are you going to do?
Are you going to call the police? Or the doctor? Or your pastor? Or the funeral home? Or are you just going to fall down and cry?
You see, at this disastrous moment, you need the gift of faith, the gift of healing, and the gift of miracles to try and raise your loved ones from the dead (1 Corinthians 12: 9-10). And I guarantee that you would do anything to have these gifts at that time, wouldn’t you?
So, what’s stopping you from seeking the spiritual gifts? Pride. Bad teaching. Laziness. What?
Remember: Radical Christians do not care what others think. They swim upstream against the religious current.