The counter-cultural quality of great awakenings and spiritual revolutions
“Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich . . . we are fools . . . but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute . . . Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. . . . But I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – Paul the apostle
God has not called us to cultural relevancy. He has called us to counter-culture revolution. He has called us as a creative and prophetic minority to question the prevailing consensus and speak forth a better reality. For the kingdom of God is counter to all kingdoms of this world and is overturning their thrones. For this reason, Mary the mother of Jesus is still celebrating the revolutionary power of God’s reign: “He is bringing down the powerful from their thrones, and lifting up lowly; He is filling the hungry with good things, and sending the rich away empty.” For now is the Year of the Lord, and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of God.
There are Christians who are “misfits;” “misfits who believe that the way things are is not how things are supposed to be. . . [but] History has taught us that it is when ‘misfits’ call for an end of the status quo, that the rumblings of revival begin.” – Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World
“I call upon you to be maladjusted . . . The world is in desperate need of such maladjustment. Through such maladjustment we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice. . . . This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. The saving of our world from pending doom will come not from the actions of a conforming majority but from the creative maladjustment of a transformed minority.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. . . Christians should take a stronger stand in favour of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong.” – Dietrich Bonhoffer, sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:9; executed by the Nazis who sought to make Christian churches “culturally relevant.”