I’m a violent man. I know lot’s of violent men. And women too.
I’ve been involved in violent activity for the last 25 years. I am surrounded by violence. I am ensconced in violence. I am immersed and submerged in, and utterly consumed by violence.
It’s good. It’s very, very good.
Matthew 11:12 (AMP) – “And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].”
Note that it’s the Kingdom of Heaven we are speaking about here.
Never more than ever before have I seized most violently the prize of my NOW and PRESENT share of Heaven.
Measure that up against the popular thought of simply sitting back and waiting to die to get it.
Is it any wonder why so many folks just endure church?
From the days of John the Baptist until now.
There’s the backward telescope again. Then was then and now is now.
Wrong. Then is now as well.
Let me explain.
The Greek word for “now” is “arti”. “Arti” means the present now, but it also means the future now. It’s a curious word for sure.
The Eternal Now is the best way I can describe it. Heaven is avaliable now and forever for those who SEIZE it.
People will commit violence to obtain far less than Heaven. They will commit murder for sneakers, gold chains, and drugs. All which will deteriorate and disintegrate within short time.
Violence is violence, good or bad, it’s taking something you want desperately by force.
You could hurt others by being violent, or hurt yourself by not being violent enough.
How much more violent should we be to obtain the eternal Kingdom which Jesus has established as the here and now and forever for the children of God?
In other words, it’s the ONE most precious thing above all other things that we should not allow anyone or anything to interfere with or prevent us from obtaining.
Your violence should be against the spiritual forces in high places that have waged war against you since birth.
Your violence should be against poor theology and the anti-gospel thinking that keeps people sedated with fancy words and blinded by stacks of thick books.
Your violence should be the rejection of self-proclaimed watchers who point the finger at everyone as heretics…except themselves.
Listen to the Word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are simple and unfailing. Don’t overthink it. Don’t analyze it.