From Michael Yaconelli’s book “Dangerous Wonder”…
“The most critical issue facing Christian’s is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news…it is OK news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore, He changes them into “nice people.”
If Christianity is simply about being nice, I am not interested.
What happened to radical Christianity, the “un-nice” brand of Christianity that turned the world upside down? What happened to the category-smashing, life-threatening, anti-institutional gospel that spread through the first century like wildfire and was considered (by those in power) dangerous?
What happened to the kind of Christians whose hearts were on fire, who had no fear, who spoke the truth no matter what the consequence, who made the world uncomfortable, who were willing to follow Jesus wherever He went? What happened to the kind of Christians who were filled with passion and gratitude, and who every day were unable to get over the grace of God?
I’m ready for a Christianity that “ruins” my life, that captures my heart and makes me uncomfortable. I want to be filled with an astonishment which is so captivating that I am considered wild and unpredictable and … well … dangerous. Yes, I want to be “dangerous” to a dull and boring religion. I want a faith that is considered “dangerous” by our predictable and monotonous culture.
Praise the Lord, this isn’t the case at Christ Community. We have a community of men that are radical in their faith, not ashamed to proclaim and desiring of a much closer walk with Jesus. In our own ways, we are wounded and from time to time, we need to be pulled off the battlefield, patched up and restored by the Lord through community. This is what LiveUP is all about – helping men come “fully alive” and restoring their passion for the Lord.