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Holy Troublemakers

I’ve mentioned before that I read a lot. I think reading, research and continuous learning are some of the most vital parts of living.

When I read, I also try to read as widely as possible (whether I agree or disagree with the author). If I only read people I agreed completely with … I’d never read … because that’s an impossible practice to keep.

One of the most unique Christian authors I’ve enjoyed being challenged by is a French professor, believer, philosopher, anarchist … anarchist? Yes, anarchist.

His name is Jacques Ellul. And, today, I’d like to post a quote I think many of you will agree with. That means today will end up being the time you agreed with an anarchist.

Ready? Here’s what Jacques has to say about how exactly Christians are supposed to exist …

“Christians were never meant to be normal. We’ve always been holy troublemakers, we’ve always been creators of uncertainty, agents of dimension that’s incompatible with the status quo; we do not accept the world as it is, but we insist on the world becoming the way God wants it to be. And the Kingdom of God is different from the patterns of this world.”

Holy troublemakers. 

I think that’s my new favorite phrase.

We just had a very status quo election in America … with status quo attack ads … status quo Christian leaders telling believers to vote the same old, status quo ways … this goes along with status quo missions … status quo churches … status quo families … status quo dreams …

And … all too often, I’m lumped in with all the ever-insurmountable piles of the typical.

Either what we do and who we are is an insistence that we truly desire God’s Kingdom come, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, or we just continue along with the current.

But, pursuing the Kingdom of God isn’t about how much power we end up with, it’s about how we SERVE.

It’s about how we LOVE.

It’s about how we SACRIFICE.

It’s about how we CARE for the LEAST OF THESE.

It’s about how we GIVE.

I hereby give you all the permission in the world to go cause some holy trouble today!  

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Matt Chambers is father to 6 (including 1 with special needs), director of SafeWorld, founder of a Gener.us, advocate, speaker, writer, leader, learner. You can follow him on Twitter @mattchambrs or contact him directly chambersmatt@me.com. He writes daily at http://ethoshift.com. He and his beautiful wife, Jordana, are currently raising their village in East Tennessee.