The activist is really a very cool individual. They get fired up about injustice and strive to do something about. Now the activist comes with many different causes. Any particular activist might be motivated by the environment, politics, homelessness, civil liberties, animal cruelty, and any number of humanitarian issues.
I love the activist. I believe many times they are calling us to the very heart of God. Caring for those who are unable to care for themselves. Isn’t that, after all, what Jesus did for us on the cross. He did for mankind what it could not do for themselves. Pretty poetic if you think about it. The activist is just picking up that very spirit and running with it.
Many times though, the activist wants nothing to do with church. They see the church as sitting on their hands when there is so much suffering going on in the world. Instead of seeing the church as a place to organize the effort, they see it as a detriment to almost every cause. Jesus called some activists to join him as his disciples but one in particular is known really for nothing else.
Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot
That’s really all we here about Simon. He was a Zealot. The Zealots were an group of people who were in rebellion to the Roman government. They hated the control and burdens that the Romans placed on the Jews and everyone else for that matter. They were crying out for justice. Perhaps this is what drew Simon to Jesus in the first place. I believe that before Simon really understood who Jesus was he probably thought that he was the leader who could usher in a new kingdom not controlled by the Romans. And Jesus was, just not in the way Simon had first intended.
There are a couple interesting points to be addressed as we add the activist to our list of seekers. First, Simon would have been at complete odds with Matthew. Matthew was perpetuating the Romans control and even taking it a step further by profiting by it in the process. Matthew was the epitome of everything Simon stood against. And yet, in spite of this very volatile fact, Jesus called them both to work closely together for a common mission. What an awesome example of what the local church should look like.
There is one other very important point to consider for the activist. The activist is many times seeking an ideal that may nevver be fully realized. They will make a difference, I have to believe that, but they will never find true justice until they seek the Just One.
LifePoint is a seeker church. We are a place the passionately believes we are called to “BE” the church and to “DO” the work of Christ. We are on a mission to care for all of God’s creation. This includes everything from the planet to people and everything in between. We welcome the activist to come and seek justice with us and in the process we hope that all will find themselves in a relationship with the Righteous Judge.
An Impartant Note About Activism
LifePoint is not active for activities sake. We are busy about doing what God has called us to do and we do it because Christ is our priority. The best way I can explain it is with an interaction Jesus had with one particular woman and his disciples.
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
How many of us activists agree with the disciples right now? I know I do. There are so many hurting people in the world, so many people who have no shelter and no food, why would we allow such waste instead of helping those in need? Can you hear the cry for justice? Here is Jesus response.
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Jesus says the unthinkable to the mind of the activist. Jesus points out that the priority is Him and the gospel. We serve Christ and not activities or causes. We proclaim an end to spiritual death first and handle poverty second. Give the homeless shelter and they are still homless without Christ. Give the hungry food and they are still starving without Christ. My point, and what I believe Jesus is pointing out as well, is that Jesus must be Lord of our lives and not our cause.
LifePoint will drop any cause in an instant if it comes at the request of God. We are seeking the true Judge and not only justice.