The Counter-Revolution

'That's a cute little revolution you have there.
It would be a shame if someone were to
counter it.'
Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there was a revolution. A group of creatures that were a quasi-hybrid of primates and angels rebelled against their Creator and King. These children of dust that carried divine breath began a revolution against the government of Heaven―a revolution that continues to this day.

This revolution has been given various names over the millennia. ‘The Fall’ and ‘Paradise Lost’ are among the more popular in the English language. It could also be labelled the ‘Self Revolution’ or the ‘My Revolution’.

It was this revolution that murdered Jesus. He explained what would happen to himself in a parable, saying, ‘But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.”’* We want this world to be ours. Mine.

My own.

My precious.

In our Gollum like insanity, we want to gain wisdom, happiness, love, and power for ourselves apart from the King. We want to self-name, self-justify, and self-identify. We want to call ourselves our own. We want to be our own masters. ‘I am my own!' - and so the revolutionary propaganda rolls over and over again in our head from childhood.

We are all part of this revolution against our Creator. We all wish to set up a government alternative to Heaven. We want the ‘Me Government’. A government where we can do what we want, eat how we want, spend money how we want, have sex how we want, and speak how we want. We want to be able to pronounce for ourselves what is right or wrong. 

The Counter-Revolutionary
Jesus came to lead the Counter-Revolution. He came to lead the wayward revolutionaries back to their true King. He came to set them free from all the little gulags they had created in their attempts to build their own kingdoms. This counter-revolution is often called ‘repentance’. It’s when we stop looking at our lives and our world and saying ‘mine’, and we start saying ‘His’.

You can join this Counter-Revolution.  To do so, you must surrender. Wave your white flag. This is not just an invitation, it is a summons. To refuse it is to defy the One issued it.  

Our leader has paid the price to secure a full pardon for your treachery. But don’t wait to long. The revolution will not be allowed to exist forever. There is a time when the King will say, ‘Those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’**

*Matthew 21.38    **Luke 19.27
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For more on how to live as a counter-revolutionary, please check out our book Elijah Men Eat Meat: Readings to slaughter your inner Ahab and pursue Revival and Reform 

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