Moderately Radical ?

Dear Wealthy,

A rich young man asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit “eternal life”?

Jesus responded to the young man by saying, ”Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.” (Mark 10:21 “The Message” Translation)

Jesus was calling the young man to a radical level of faith. In our culture one of the mottos is “moderation in all things.” Does Jesus really want us to risk the safe confines of moderation for an extreme faith?

C. S. Lewis perceptively realized that one of the great enemies of discipleship is our great desire for moderation, for a relationship to God that is moderate and not too extreme, cautious, calculating, and careful. Jesus approaches the rich young man and makes a most immoderate demand. In the “Screwtape Letters,” Lewis' devil counsels his apprentice to keep stressing the need for moderation in his dealings with humanity:               “Talk to him about ‘moderation in all things.’ If you can get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point,’ you can feel happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all--- and more amusing.” (C.S. Lewis, the Screwtape Letters)

In Mark 10:21, Jesus comes to us with the same question he posed to the young man. How shall we respond? It seems even our best rationalization of moderation will not satisfy the Lord.

What is it that you materially need? Steve Martin took up this question in the movie “The Jerk” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5fr67YUif4 


See Mark 10:17-25 for further reflection.

Prayers: For the Government. The Planet. Those who mourn. Those with health concerns. And for your use of all the wealth and property Christ has given you.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Mark Autterson wrote:
Ain’t that the truth?

Thu, October 11, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

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