Revolution Church, NYC led by Jay Bakker


What is Behind All This?

I read Jay’s book, Son of a Preacher Man, and it deeply impacted me. I was so blessed in comparison to much of what he has endured. But, I understand the confusion and the pain and the rejection and the sense of not being understood or accepted for who you are, especially if you are named after your dad, which he and I have in common.

It is a remarkable story of God’s grace to see a man see his father in a new light and to see them as God would see them, even if it is in a small measure. This is grace at work. To see it transform your own pain into an opportunity for the Kingdom to explode and impact your generation, well that is remarkable, and again the testimony of how God impacts others through our own journeys of faith.

Here is what Jay Bakker says about the place the Lord has him in right now, and the ministry of Revolution Church:

The Idea of Revolution
To show all people the unconditional love and grace of Jesus without any reservations due to their lifestyle or religious background, past or future. This love has no agenda behind it (I Corinthians 13:5). This grace sets no timeline on personal change or standards for spiritual growth (Romans 4:4-5). The idea is to be a part of people’s lives because we truly care for them rather than to fulfill a religious duty; to walk with them through all their struggles as a part of their life, not as a religious outsider.

The desire at the heart of Revolution is to see this idea spread to other communities and churches. We aspire to see people from other communities and churches taking to heart the true message of the grace and love of Christ, and in turn to see them spread this message to those in their community, building relationships and sharing in the life experiences of those around them (Galatians 6:2-3), and living out the grace, hope and love that God has blessed them with.

Religion Kills
Religion is a false perception of holiness that focuses on law and kills the true message of Christ. Jesus had much to say about the religious who put the law before his true message:

“…How terrible it will be for you experts of religious law! For you crush people beneath impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden.” Luke 11:46

“How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law- justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the most important things. Blind Guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel.” Matthew 23:23-24

Jesus came and declared that the most important law was “You must love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37.39) Religion ignores the reasons behind this being the most important commandment and only focuses on the exterior and works as a way to get close to God. It is religion that not only kills the true message of hope Christ taught but also has held back the lost from understanding the true meaning of Christianity.

Jesus Is The Saviour Not Christianity
Are we defending Christ or Christianity? Will enforcing the ideals of a pre-packaged Christian lifestyle help people feel the love of Christ? Do we believe that our lifestyles hold more truths than Jesus? Are we driving people to Christianity or leading them to Christ?

Equal Rights Is a Moral Issue
In order to truly live the moral life presented in the gospel we are called to fight for a better quality of life for others. Regardless of background, belief or country of residence, all should be guaranteed equal rights and livable wages.

Sweatshops exploit the poverty level of workforces all over the world – including our own. They value product over human life and sanitary working conditions. With our new line of merchandise, we are using companies that offer an alternative to the sweatshop business model.”

[taken from the website of Revolution Church, http://www.revolutionnyc.com%5D

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NOTE: Wow!  The impact of Christ in the life of a young man is a radical thing to behold!  I like what I am seeing and hearing.  It is challenging me.  I have little in common with the punk culture.  Jay found a place where he tried to hide from his pain in that culture, and Jesus still found a way to reach him.  Jay returned to that culture with the message of hope that is in the Gospel, and has built a bridge through his own life, to reach out with the love of Christ, to those who are hurting and not understood, with the whole gospel, which includes “equal rights”, livable conditions, with a livable wage, to security of the person, regardless of race, colour or creed.  This is what living in grace and love is about.  I am indeed challenged in how to live my life as a man, a man who claims to walk with Christ.
Blessings,
Sam
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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a cessationist. Once a just war advocate, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, 5 point classical Calvinist. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone.
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