In 1999 the Church of England started a campaign for their “Decade of Evangelism”. Among the posters was this one, a kind of Jesus-Revolutionary motif. It was a neat approach, but on many of the posters the bottom line was, “Discover the real Jesus. Church. April 4”. Authors such as Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch suspected that “those who dared to go with the idea that Jesus was a revolutionary were less likely to believe they could find him in an Anglican church on a Sunday in England on April 4, or any other day for that matter.”
We can debate the extent to which Jesus was a revolutionary (I really don’t think Che is the right comparison), but as Lutherans we no doubt believe that Jesus was a game changer. He unsettled the religious structures and turned hearts back to the Father in dramatic fashion – even to the point of death on a cross and a bodily resurrection that transformed the lives of millions. But does Sunday service reflect this message? Does this radical message of grace abounding transform lives today? Are we prepared to let this Game-Changer transform our communities of faith like He did nearly 2000 year ago? Because if there ever was a time to follow Jesus in His mission for the world, I think now is as good a time as any.
“Our hope is that church leaders would recognize that Jesus doesn’t want to destroy what they’ve got now – he just wants to reshape it radically.” (Frost and Hirsch)