Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64WWW.AGRM.ORG JULY/AUGUST 2016 39 WWJD? If we truly did what Jesus would do, what would that look like? Consider these comments from modern-day Christian thinkers. “Jesus deliberately did and said things that He knew would upset people. He stirred up division and controversy. He provoked. He didn’t have to break from established customs, but He did. He didn’t have to heal that man’s hand on the Sabbath, knowing how it would disturb others and cause them immense irritation, but He did, and He did so with ‘anger’ (Mark 3:5). He could have gone with the flow a little bit. He could have chilled out and let bygones be bygones, but He didn’t. He could have been diplomatic, but He wasn’t. “He could have told everyone to relax, but instead He made them uncomfortable. He could have put them at ease, but He chose to put them on edge.” Matt Walsh, from “For many of us, we have wrongly believed that being ‘nice’ is akin to being ‘godly.’ We don’t want to ruffle feathers, we don’t want to bend the rules, we don’t want to speak honestly and we don’t want to say no. Why do we do this to ourselves? Because we’re too nice, hiding under the guise of our faith and performing duties that suck the life out of us, all because we somehow think this is how God would want us to live. “Yet by examining the life of Jesus, the Son of God, we see that sometimes Jesus did things that were not ‘nice’ yet fulfilled God’s purpose, a much higher calling than people pleasing will ever be.” Eric Hoke in Relevant magazine “Jesus refuses to be put in a religious box. He’s not a nice Savior, whose goal is to make us feel better about ourselves and become well-adjusted, productive members of society. All that is well and good, and it is part of our lot in life. But this is not the mission of Jesus. He’s not interested in nice, well-adjusted people, but mostly in people who forgive and love. And sometimes He has to bring a little chaos into our lives to help us become the people He’s called us to be.” Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today “Christian women were never called by God to be nice. “Today, the ones who are living out their sacred anointing might not be consid- ered nice at all. They’re confronting evil and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in churches and among those who live outside. They’re frequenting strip clubs where they’re building relationships with the women who work there, connecting them to God again or for the first time. They’re standing before local courts around the world, advocating for the release of those who have been trafficked. “Today, Christian women have sacrificed ‘nice’ for ‘anointed.’ And they’re making history by establishing God’s new Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.” Margot Starbuck in Today’s Christian Woman