It is sad that if a person does the above, many times they are known as "radicals" or maybe even "super spiritual." Worse yet, the super spiritual crowd would usually dub the above as seeker sensitive or one of my favorite misused verses in the Bible . . . " having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof." An interesting discussion to have with someone might just be what that "power thereof" pertains to in terms of Godliness. I have a sneaking suspicion that power is less to do about shouting at the altars as much as it is about being Christ in church and out of church . . . even more so . . . to be the church and be in one.
Truly, Christ has called us to be His disciples and His own words are often time neglected when we look at salvation. Do we really think Jesus died so that we could be rich, never have problems, never have to tangle with death or separation, never have needs, and never get sick? On the contrary, if we read the words of Christ, we will find that we should almost expect to live through all the above. The key is that we "live through" these things. And Jesus said we could because He did. Do we remember that Jesus said He was sending us out as sheep among wolves? Surely we don't when we think the safest place to be is in the center of God's Will. It will be God's plan for your life and my life sometimes to allow us to be in the middle of a pack of wolves. In fact, He sends us there more times than not. But the purpose is so that He will receive glory through how we carry ourselves. Jesus told the disciples things would come to them, but not to be afraid because when they didn't know what to say, the Holy Spirit would give them the words to speak. He would give them wisdom to handle the situations. More importantly, He would give them His grace which is always sufficient.
What would happen if the church got "radical" about the words of Jesus and saw the community it existed in as more than a place of existence and more like a mission field? What would happen if the church could quit arguing over who is right and who is holy and who is better and realize that among the bickering are ten's of thousands' of souls dying and going to hell? Isn't it time to be radical . . . or should I say . . . live like Jesus intended us to live in the first place?
If you're looking for a book to challenge you, look no further than this one.