So just like the rest of the world I have been sitting by and watching as the power company tries to contain the nuclear waste that is coming from the power plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. It has been amazing to hear of the stories of different workers that are taking the time to work at the plant while they could lose their life. But I have to be honest it made me think of churches and followers of Jesus. While I have been praying for the people of Japan and watching the workers do their best it was at the gym this week that it all became clear. An older woman walked by me this week wearing a shirt that said, “At my age exercise is damage control”. I thought it was really funny that she was wearing it but then it made me think. It is exactly what the workers are doing in Japan it is all just damage control. The nuclear plant and all the people that are close to it are already starting to see and feel the damage to the plant.
I then thought of this when it comes to people that are followers of Jesus. There are some followers of Jesus that go to church and go through the religous do’s and don’ts just for DAMAGE CONTROL. They don’t see the need to follow after Jesus day after day. To being a follower of Jesus a lifestyle but more of damage control. I pray that this week that those who are following after Jesus see that we are called to be the ones that are in the midst of life in struggle or in good times are always pointing to Jesus the Risen Savior of the world.
So over the last weekend I had the opportunity to be able to read the book “Guerilla Lovers: Changing the World with Revolutionary Compassion” by Vince Antonucci. Not only is it a easy read it has some great humor in it. I have had the opportunity to hear Vince speak and he writes just like he talks fast and furious. This book brings to light the need for us to live our lives just as Jesus has called us too by loving people. But in Vince’s unique way he points us in the direction to do it like someone fighting a guerilla style war under the radar. To love the people in our communities to the point that they ask “Why we are doing it.” The other great thing about this book is that at the end of each chapter there are questions called “It’s time to talk Guerilla” and then more that call you to action called “It’s time to Get Guerilla”. They are great for enabling you to think through all of the encouraging, motivating, and challenging things that you read in this book. I think that every person that calls themselves a follower of Jesus to read it and apply it. Let’s go Guerilla and change the world.