Divine Extremism In Christ
“Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. 24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:23-24).
I recently completed and published an essay and project entitled, Two Wings: Race, America, & the Church (With applied critique and challenge from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his 1963, Letter from Birmingham Jail). Within the words and letter of Dr. King, he expressed concern with the concept of being labeled extreme.
At first glance he was offended at the label, but upon deeper thought he realized its appropriateness, depending upon the side of extreme in which one rests. While Dr. King sat in a Birmingham jail for his acts of righteousness, he first felt offended at being labeled an extremist by some within the white power structure, but he soon changed his disposition about the negative overtone of the label. He said “…Though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Was not Amos an extremist for justice: “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”
Dr. King concluded the above portion of his letter with a challenge that is presented to us all, “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.”
As a child of God, will you be extreme for Him? That is righteously extreme in your love, praise, worship, forgiveness, prayer, Bible study, dedication, devotion, patience, self-control, and responsibility. May God bless you in your new year of righteous extremism for Christ! Remember you are the clay In The Potter’s Hands and God has paved a way to save you today!