When we think of great revolutionaries, we often think of Martin Luther King Jr. or Nelson Mandela. However, the greatest revolutionary was Jesus. He didn’t march, protest, or boycott, yet his fingerprints can still be seen in movements all over the world. Dissatisfied with conditions on earth, he launched a movement of compassion. He led a resistance to oppression, prejudice, religious elitism and hatred. He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” “Be kind to your enemies.” And, “Protect the weak.”
This was countercultural to say the least. He led by example in feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and befriending beggars, prostitutes, and outcasts. His message was one of radical love!
The principle of love He championed is the same one we ascribe to at Hope Center Indy. Our mission statement is: ‘Bringing hope and healing to every heart.’ This is the beat of our hearts and the message on our lips to every woman who comes to stay with us.
The world is desperate for people who are willing to lay everything on the line to make our world a better place. Wars, injustice, famine, and poverty are rampant, but there is still hope if revolutionaries like me and you practice the radical model of Jesus.
Isaiah 1:17 says, “Seek Justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Written by Dr. Carolyn Knight
Hope Center Indy Training Manager and Church Liaison
Leader of Light In Darkness