How to be a Radical Christian (ii).
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels… (1 Cor. 13:1)
Now, I wish that you all spoke in tongues… (1 Cor. 14: 5)
I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all do. (1 Cor. 14: 18)
Once again, I can hear the groans and the shouts. “Not tongues. Anything but that trivial twaddle. I ain’t doing it. No siree, Billy Bob– no tongues for me. Never!”
Okay, relax. Take a deep, deep breath. Hold it for a minute or so. Now breathe out. Continue reading.
Let’s return to the same scenarion as Part 2. Your family is staying at the luxurious Berverly Wilshire Hote (where Pretty Woman was filmed), just off Rodeo Drive in Berverly Hills, California. Your wife and daughter are enjoying the shopping spree, and you are carrying enough plastic cards to pay for everything.
Then, three Mumbai-type terrorists enter the hotel lobby, AK-47′s blazing away and hand grenades exploding. Chaos and confusion reigns as dead bodies hit the floor.
Somehow, you grab your wife and daughter, and hide in a first floor cafe. As you crouch behind a table, you hear the sounds of people begging for their lives. But then, bursts from the AK-47′s lets you know that mercy is not a part of the terrorists’ makeup.
You hear their footsteps approaching the cafe. It will only be seconds before they enter the door. You look at your wife and daughter, tears stream down their faces; they don’t want to die. They want you to do something. Anything. Just do something.
Are you going to pray? If so, how?
Now remember, your mind will be a pile of mush. You will have thoughts about wishing you would have stayed home, or should have gone to Hawaii instead of California, or about spending a nice sunny day anywhere but not where you are at that moment. Plus, fear and total confusion will envelope you.
How will you quiet your mind to pray at that moment?
Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8: 27-28)
I am prepared to pray in tongues when desperate situations happen to me, but what about you?
Remember: Radical Christians do not care what others think. They swim upstream against the religious current.
(Continued in Part 8)