June 21, 2017
We Need Crazy Christians
A friend recently shared this quote with me and I can’t get it out of my head. It’s from Apple Computer’s “Think Different” marketing campaign:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen
As children of God we should be some of the most original thinkers and culture transformers on the earth. We believe in the impossible, therefore we can count on miracles to happen to us and through us. We live by faith (Romans 1:17), not by facts, which means that the truths we choose to believe sometimes override the facts that we face in life. Faith says there is nothing impossible with God (Luke 1:37). In other words, everything is possible with God! What would happen if we really lived with an “anything is possible” attitude? The world would call us crazy and they may vilify us, but they won’t be able to ignore us.
I recently watched a TED Talk by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Corporation which builds electric cars. Elon is also the founder of SpaceX and his vision is to colonize planet Mars by 2040. The thing that’s different about Elon is that when he had this vision, he didn’t just sit around thinking about it the way most people would. He put actions to his vision and SpaceX has built the most powerful rocket in history! This is just one example of the way that Elon is changing the world. While he was stuck in LA traffic not long ago, he had the idea to bore tunnels under LA and build a hyperloop that would move cars through a tunnel at 120 mph. Now I’ve been in bad traffic before but I have never thought to build a tunnel! I usually just sit there in misery thinking about how much I hate traffic! To put the cherry on top, Mr. Musk is the CEO of SolarCity and his vision is to solve climate change. Why does he do all of this? Because he wants to have a reason to get up every morning and have hope for the future. I think we all have something to learn from this incredible man.
Elon Musk is an atheist, so even though he may not realize it he’s only thinking single-dimensionally. He’s limited to the laws of physics, but as Christians we have the manifold wisdom of God which is multidimensional. We can learn from Elon Musk but we can also think on other dimensions! I felt convicted when I thought through this because while Elon is trying to get us to Mars, solve climate change and find ways around traffic, we sit around having a hard time just trying to change one city!
We Must Think Bigger!
What you create doesn’t define you but it does reveal you! The truth is that we’ve got to stop thinking small. We have a mandate to make earth like heaven and to disciple nations, so it’s time we begin to bring heaven to earth! We’re called to transform the world in such a way that when they see our good works they will glorify our Father in heaven.
We are the “can do people” and the “all things are possible people.” We’re created to be the kind of people who see bad situations and know that we are called to make a difference. We were born to change the world and bring the Kingdom wherever we go! With God as our X-Factor, let’s live lives that demonstrate the goodness of God on earth as it is in heaven, even if they call us crazy in the end! What’s one way you can begin to start thinking bigger? I’d love to hear all of your dreams and creative ideas in the comments! Beyond that, I’d love to hear how you’re going to put them to action!
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