The Beatles wrote a song in 1968 entitled Revolution that aptly described the day in which they lived; here is a sampling of a couple of the stanzas:
“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world…”
“…But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right all right, all right…”
Well, it is a good thing for the established order that John, Paul, George, and Ringo Starr used their tremendous gifts and talents in a responsible fashion.
They were men of peace.
Nevertheless, the year of 1968 was anything but peaceful.
For those of us who embrace a Judeo-Christian worldview – this is an outlook of life primarily shaped by two key components: (1.) the teaching of the Mosaic Law and (2.) secondly, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth– we find ourselves constantly addressing both the nature and force of evil and injustice in the world.
The great Christian Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr. was quoted by the historian Stephen Oates as having made this statement towards the end of his life:
“One one goes to erect a tower, one realizes that there is tension between good and evil at the heart of the universe.”
Pastor King sought to fight evil by employing the teachings of Jesus Christ which instruct us “turn the other cheek and if our enemy strikes us on one cheek, give him the other one as well.”
The Apostle Paul picks up on Christ’s theme in the book of Romans and in the 12th chapter. Saint Paul wrote in verses 17-21:
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
JESUS CHRIST started the greatest revolution of all time.
In the life of Jesus Christ we see all three components for battling both physical and moral evil.
JESUS CHRIST regenerates the hearts and lives of all who will place their trust in Him
JESUS CHRIST reforms the world by ministering through the lives of His people to work toward alleviating much of the pain and suffering that people face each day
JESUS CHRIST revolutionized the world – and by extension the whole universe – by starting a movement that has been the greatest force for good over the last 2,000 years.
The critics will point to events like The Crusades, forced Jewish conversions during The Middle Ages, Slavery, and subjugation of Women as places where Christianity failed.
However, the existential question is this: Why would Christianity alone be lambasted for these failures of the human spirit?
From the Protestant Reformation all the way through to the 21st century, followers of Christ have led a mostly peaceful revolution that challenged the cruelty and barbarism of Rome and within three (3) centuries transformed Rome from a pagan country to one in which became the epicenter of the Christian Faith in the Ancient World.
— Thank You! – –