How to be a Radical Christian. (iv)
Would you have enjoyed traveling with the Apostle Paul on one of his journeys? Consider Silas’ experience in Acts 16: 11-40.
In the city of Philippi, Paul and Silas did some street ministry. Paul cast a spirit of divination out of a slave girl. Instead of being thankful for the girl’s deliverance, the owners became enraged and stirred up the crowd against the two men.
Next, the city magistrates stepped into the melee, ripped the clothes off the two, beat them with cudgels, scourged them with a whip, tossed them into prison, and fastened their feet into stocks so that they couldn’t move.
Then, somehow, at midnight, Paul and Silas began praying and singing hymns. The power of God hit the place. Cell doors opened. The jailer’s life was spared and his whole household was saved. Paul and Silas were washed and fed. And then, the two believers were returned to prison.
The next morning, the magistrates sent some go-fors to release Paul and Silas from their cells. But what does Paul do? He said, “No way, Jose! We ain’t leaving this dandy place until the men responsible for putting us here come and say, ‘Pretty please with chocolate syrup all over it.’ Don’t even try to make us go. We ain’t moving!”
What do you think was going through Silas’ mind at them time? He was bloody. He was bruised. He was sore. He was stiff. He was tired. And he might have been thinking something like this: “Paul is a radical nut! How can he possibly believe that those men will come here and beg us to leave?”
Paul had radical faith in God. And radical Christians need this same type of faith to oppose Islamic terrorists.
But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
(Continued in Part 10)