What Kind of an Extremist Will You Be?

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was called an extremist by fellow clergy and others. You see, his passion exposed within them deficiencies. To their charges, he replied thus:
Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you"? Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll to down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream"? Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus"? Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God"? And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "Thus this nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. . ." So the question is not whether we will be extremist, but what kind of extremist we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?
The question is not whether or not we will be extremist, the question is what kind of an extremist will we be? Will we be people who are impassioned for justice, mercy, equality and grace. Will we be extremists for love or will we be extremists for hate. Will we live our lives for reconciliation or division. Will we be folks who say to Abba, "Use me!" or will we be folks who fold under opposition of others.

Lord, may we each be extremists of love. May we each right wrongs, love mercy and walk with humility (Micah 6:8). May peace be our aim. May love be the target of our lives.


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