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Why We’re a Hashtag Away From Revolution

RevolutionWe are on the brink of major change. Folks are fed up with government, education, healthcare, the food industry, religion, and more. We’ve been fed up for awhile, but have had little recourse, but to try and work within existing frameworks. This has all changed. Thanks to technology, we’re incredibly connected. We’re connected in a literal heartbeat. It’s this connectivity that will drive the revolution.

Briefly, and just from looking around and reading a bit, there is so much angst for change. Folks are tired of government leaders who continually fight, and where nothing ever changes. Free education (at the college level) has begun. There are 5.2 million Courserians. Seth Godin just launched Krypton – a free college. There are even free courses at such prestigious institutions as MIT.

People are seeking alternatives to traditional medicine. They’re discovering diet and life-style changes (not an apple a day – though an organic one can’t hurt), is what keeps the doctor away. Speaking of food, folks are growing skeptical of Kraft, Monsanto, and even Hidden Valley Ranch no longer escapes the label-readers. If it’s not organic, gluten-free, soy free, non-GMO, and the list goes on and on, then it’s not going in my body.

Religion, the last one I’ll discuss here, is changing dramatically. To speak of your religious beliefs a few decades ago, people would be mildly curious or amused, but generally respectful. Today, if you subscribe to a particular religion, it’s met with suspicion – even hostility. We can’t stand dogmas that excludes others, or casts them into hell – ignoring the paradox in our own logic, we argue religion can’t make such truth claims.

Changes are coming. And they’ll come seemingly from out of the blue. But look around. Look at the young people texting away. Every teenager has an iPhone imprint on their jeans. Facebook, twitter, instant messages can move, inform, and catapult millions. #Revolution will be the rallying tweet.

Change is in the air. The clouds are building. The changes that come will be both good and bad. All results will be mixed because the problem is not with the systems, but rather the human heart.

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

The issues with the human heart are what make Jesus and Christianity so attractive. So relevant! Jesus puts his finger right on our hearts. He settles for nothing less than total submission to Him, and total transformation of our hearts. He gave all. He asks for all.

The same angst for change described above is occurring globally within Christianity. Folks are crying out, demanding change, demanding integrity, demanding disciples in the name of Jesus. They’re stripping away decades of incomplete and/or misguided teaching and finding the real Jesus of the gospels – the King. From top academic institutions and religious organizations to small town churches, the shift toward making disciples to change the world and glorify God is clear.

We live in amazing times. Enjoy the clip below…

Thanks for reading,
Ted

Revolution – The New Paradigm

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