This policy is the most radical in generations”. This statement was made by a senior politician when discussing the launch of a certain policy in respect of the forthcoming general election in the UK.

It’s not the first time I have heard the expression or similar, in what is a very unpredictable general election.

The use of the word radical in public discourse is not new nor confined to politics and politicians. I have heard it used and seen it written in connection to religious faith and religious leaders. I have even heard it used in connection with Jesus Christ.

“Jesus was a radical” is often the way some commentators put it and in so doing using the name of the Lord to bring support and closure to a debate on behalf of their own point of view because there is no higher authority.

What does the word radical mean?One dictionary define radical thus: The noun, radical, comes from the Latin radix “root,” and in fact, radical and root are synonymous as technical terms in fields such as math and linguistics. In more everyday language, a radical is someone who has very extreme views, so you could say that their views are different from the root up. Similarly, a radical flaw or change is a fundamental one whereas a radical design or idea is very new and innovative.

Today, the word radical is often linked to extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism and other not so good isms. So, to say one’s policy is radical could be viewed as extreme and even dangerous.

Similarly, radical in religion can frighten people for it suggests that exponents are unreasonable and unwilling to take on board any other view but their own. This type of person then only listens to those with the same views. If unchecked such a person can become dangerous even willing to fight and destroy anything and anyone whose views differ from their own.

Whilst I can just about see why some would say Jesus was a radical I personally don’t like this word being attached to our Lord. Furthermore, Christians, especially preachers, should avoid its use as a positive.
Jesus did not associate himself with left or right; male or female or any other human poles. He stood above it all.

Jesus came to seek and to save the loss. Jesus died for all and Jesus is Lord of all. Both the political left and the political right claim Jesus as a supporter. They claim his support in things they wish to do hoping it is accepted and not challenged.

The truth of the matter is because our Lord is: “the truth, the life and the way” it’s not difficult to associate the words of our Lord with anything that is good. The mistake though is not would Jesus support my idea, policy or even law. But rather how can I support the Lord’s words and actions through my policies and laws.

Many leaders claim Jesus as their supporter and try to use the name of our Lord in speeches and propaganda. Some pretend to be followers, even born again, in the hope this gives them the edge.

Abortion clinics have been attacked and so have clinicians and administrators working for abortion clinics by “radical Christians”.
I am strongly opposed to abortion for its wrong to take life in this most horrible practice. The sacred part of a woman’s body is violated and the new, innocent life, is mercilessly destroyed and disposed of.

There are laws to protect certain species of birds eggs from a poacher yet the unborn is unprotected. However, the two wrongs cannot make one right.

Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus and actually used it and wounded a man. Jesus told him to put away his sword.

In conclusion, lets align ourselves with Jesus who was not a radical nor  did he espouse a radical philosophy but instead let’s follow him who came and established righteousness, justice and peace. These three should be pursued by all for they are not radical but balanced, down the middle and mainstream.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people
The Lord’s servant
Lloyd Denny

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