To be a God-Fearing, Bible-Believing Christian is to be a dangerous person in the eyes of the world. Here’s why.
God-Fearing and Bible-Believing Christians (which is to say true Christians, which is to say Christians period) are dangerous. How so? Because they’re sold out for God. Their eye and heart and mind is on God’s glory, and their entire worldview revolves around that. When faced with a dilemma, they don’t ask themselves “how will this affect me/my interests/etc?”, they ask “what path best gives glory to God?” Basically, Christians live for God’s glory and seek above all else to give glory to God alone, and not take even a smidgeon of it for themselves, faithfully waiting in hope for the day they will be glorified by God’s decree in Heaven.
How does this work out practically, though? How does this make us dangerous? It makes us dangerous in the eyes of the world because living a lifestyle flowing from this mindset and heartset is to live a lifestyle that looks insane. This is because the Christian lifestyle is countercultural, because the gospel is countercultural because God is countercultural. Choosing to stand by and in obedience and submission to the Word of God when your entire social network, maybe even your family, would rather you did otherwise, even if the trespass in question would be only just this once. Being faithful to Jesus in a family that may claim allegiance to God, but who lives a faith that is, in practice, merely only lip-service to Jesus, and consequently sees actual faith and biblical submission to God’s Word as crazy. Living as a Christian in a world that sees us as not just backwards, not just foolish, but as evil. Further, living still as a Christian in this context when doing so could cost you your job and/or public reputation.
But let’s go deeper. How else are we dangerous? Because, by the grace of God, this world means nothing to us. We brought nothing with us when we got here and we can take nothing from it when we leave, and we are well aware of this. Our treasures are not of this world, but are of one that is above that we faithfully long and hope for. We fear not a bit that anything will be taken away from us in this life, because we know that nothing in this life is of any eternal significance, and therefore, in the long run (which is to say, the eternal run), none of it matters. This world has no leverage over us, because it can take nothing of ultimate significance away from us.
Further, our allegiance is to our Lord. Our master and our Lord is not amongst the various material powers and principalities of this world, and not only this, we actively and loudly deny that our Lord and master is to be found amongst these parties, just as the early Christians steadfastly and firmly denied the then-mandatory affirmation that Caesar was Lord, often at the cost of their livelihoods and even their lives themselves. Our Lord and Master is the Son, God become man, who lived, died, and rose again, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. The Son of God, the Holy One of Israel, that died for our trespasses and so purchased our way into eternity for when we leave this life, and for blessed rebirth and new life while we live that same life. And Jesus is not merely a passive Lord, who claims ownership and lordship over us in name only while letting us live as we please. We are called. We are called by Him for mission, and where this call is concerned, we are called for His purposes, to go with the Holy Spirit, to go in His covenant (which is the covenant of Jesus’ purchasing our salvation on the Cross), and to go as His children. We will do anything for Him, and where we struggle and wander from this, He will reach out to us and cause us to reach out to Him and He will answer those prayers of neediness and pleading. And this is dangerous, for to live for Jesus is to live against the dominant cultural narratives of materialism, of sensuality and endless pursuit of endless amounts of sexual pleasure, of the mindset that the only purpose of life is getting to the next debauchery-laden ‘good time’, of living for self, of compromising with what you know is right just to get by easier in the world, and countless other abominations that our world has tragically and horrifically embraced at the cost of their souls.
We are dangerous because we can’t be controlled by this world because the One who controls us is above. We are dangerous because we refuse to play by the rules of this world that are formed and imbued with the sick and twisted caricature of morality that this world has fashioned, that not only excuses but lauds and praises selfishness, greed, hatred, the exaltation of self above all else, and countless other abominations.
We will not be bought. We will not deny our Lord. We will not compromise what we know is right. We will not stop pleading and praying for and interceding for this lost world, that is begging for relief while at the same time hating and cursing the true and only source of relief. We will not stop loving our enemies, whether they be the ones that curse and mock and revile us for the hope that we hold in our hearts, or whether they be men with black masks in a Middle Eastern country who are concerned with correctly steadying the sword that they are about to bring down on our necks for the crime of confessing that Jesus is Lord.
We are countercultural to the extreme. This world means nothing to us and is not our home, and we recognize and accept this. Our true and final and supreme allegiance is to the Lord Jesus, and to Him alone. Our highest and final guide and our highest and final authority is the Word of God, given to us as the most blessed gift by that same God.
We will live in this world, but it will be to live godly, honourable lives that give glory to God. We will lead families that serve the Lord, and seek to do God’s will on earth, and seek to invite those whom are lost into the joy and beauty and neverending dance that is the Christian life, that is lived not just here, but in eternity.
We are Christians, and where this fallen world is concerned, we are dangerous.
Let’s be dangerous. Let’s live radical, Scripture-honouring, God-glorifying lives of obedience and love and beauty and truth and honour, to be satisfied in God supremely and to honour God supremely in our lives and our worship. Let’s love our neighbours and also our enemies radically, praying for them even as they murder us, never seeking to return evil for evil. Let’s be dangerous, for God and for this world that desperately needs Christians who are dangerous in the way this post describes.
Grace and Peace.