The fifth chapter in our book explores the idea of revolutionary change. Jesus came to change our world. But he did so through love and self-sacrifice, humility and service. To the contrary, the revolutions of our world sadly and all too often resort to violence. Often, we believe change can only be achieved through the use of force. Les Misérables offers a good example. The desires of the Friends of the ABC were noble. They believed that the monarchy was creating the conditions that yielded poverty and oppression, and that a republic would result in a more just society. But in fighting for their cause, the Friends of the ABC resorted to violent resistance. We often do the same. Jesus offers us an alternative.
Matt Rawle writes,
“Every revolution needs at least three ingredients—a problem, a solution, and a leader. Regardless if either problem or solution is real or perceived, a revolution is meant to overthrow, overturn, destroy, or upend the way things are.”
Where do you see a call for revolution today? What causes a revolution to turn violent? Can societal change be realized apart from violence? Why or why not?
How does discipleship to Jesus shape the ways you work for change in our world?
“I pray for a day that we realize that only Jesus’ blood needed to be spilled. I think Jesus’ first words from the cross, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23:34), are spoken over and over again when we build barricades, choose Barabbas, or think that revolution and resurrection are one and the same. Hearing Jesus say these words causes us to turn away in embarrassment. How can such grace be offered when we time and time again turn away from the Kingdom that Jesus began?”
Do you think choosing to forgive like Jesus forgave is possible?