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Why the Critics Are Wrong: We're Not Radical Enough

Make no mistake, the call of Christ on our lives is not one that fits easily into a pleasant, middle-class existence.

Perhaps the church has done an inadequate job of explaining this, but when we become Christians, we make a pretty radical commitment. It’s like enlisting in the military.

When you sign up, you don’t get to tell your commanding officer that you’ve decided to settle down in Boca Raton, spend time golfing and become a stock broker.

When you enlist, you sign on to the mission.

It is expected that an army private might be deployed overseas and risk his life for a greater cause. Why would we think enlisting as a follower of Christ would somehow be less radical?  

Of course, just as the military has its press corps, its logistics operators, its procurement officers and other desk jobs, we may not all be called to the front lines. God may not ask you to move into the inner-city or the hinterlands of South Sudan.

Our job is to offer our service to God, to be available, and to be willing to lay down our lives. Being radical is about the commitment you’re willing to make.

Whether God puts you on the front lines or behind a desk, the point is: You’ve enlisted.   

Jesus’ agenda is about changing the world.

It’s a breathtaking revolution to bring all things under the reign of Jesus Christ. We are to show the world an extraordinary new way to live. So we pursue Jesus’ mission by being beacons of truth and love in whatever work we do.

Whether God has called you to a corporate job, to raise a family or go to the mission field, his agenda is about demonstrating the good news of the Gospel to a watching world through our actions and our words. This radically changes why and how we do what we do.

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Richard Stearns is President of World Vision. Since joining World Vision U.S. in 1998, Stearns also has participated in the larger World Vision Partnership, leading efforts to refine the organization's business practices and advocating for global impact standards to evaluate program effectiveness.