Love your enemies.
Turn the other cheek
Bless those that curse you
Feed and nourish your enemies. – Romans 12: 17-21
Who does that?
Christianity calls for an extreme and radical lifestyle. A way of life that is vastly different from the main stream. God comands us to not just be a little different from everyone else. I am not just asked, it’s not some suggestion, but a command. Directed to be so different from everyone else that there can be no mistake as to who’s I am.
It does not say don’t hate, dont be mean to, it isnt even be nice to your enemies, it is LOVE YOUR ENEMIES.
It is supposed to be extreme.
Right now and for the past several years there has been a lot of talk about extremism in religion especially in regards to Christianity. Now I am no expert on Christianity. But here is what I do know. The failings of the Christian church in society and culture is not because of people who call themselves Christian acting or being too Christian. It’s not because we are taking the teachings of Christ too seriously, or working too hard to be like Christ.
In fact the way I see it is just the opposite. The world, society, even the church is suffering from a lack of extreme Christianity. Before you start the hate mail or trolling in the comments section. Notice I did not say extreme Peter-anity, going and cutting off someone’s ear thinking God needs you to physically defend him. I said extreme Christianity. Real live dyed in the wool Jesus Freak Radical.
Loving people more than I humanly can. To stop looking at people in the same way. Instead to see people we meet as C. S. Lewis described them. “You have never met a mere mortal. Everyone you have ever met is either an eternal horror, or an everlasting glory.”
If I looked at everyone from that prospective, and refused to be anything less than an extreme, radical Christian. I wonder how my little neck of the woods would change?
What about your neighborhood? Your church, your city? Does it need a healthy dose of extreme Christian hood?