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Ordinary: The New Radical

After he left there, he came upon Jehonadab son of Recab, who was on his way to meet him. Jehu greeted him and said, “Are you in accord with me, as I am with you?” “I am,” Jehonadab answered. “If so,” said Jehu, “give me your hand.” So he did, and Jehu helped him up into the chariot. (2 Kings 10:15)

The other day, I saw a bumper sticker that read, “My child is an ordinary student at Wilson Elementary.” Not really. No one wants to be ordinary.

No, for us, life has to count. We have to leave our mark, a legacy. We have to somehow live up to our Facebook posts!

We’re told that the uber-smart, wealthy Ivy-Leaguers in Washington will solve our nation’s problems. But the more trips around the sun I make, the less I believe that. Ronald Reagan once said that change begins at the dinner table. He understood that change comes from us ordinary people; change starts at home.

While I was gone, Roe v. Wade was overturned. I wept when I heard the news. A decision that was 49 years in the making – 49 years overdue. Surprisingly, the heroes of the day aren’t presidents or legislators or even the members of the Supreme Court. The heroes are ordinary folks who prayed and voted, held up signs, adopted babies, and gave money to pregnancy centers.

Recently in Virginia, Glen Youngkin won the Governor’s seat. It would be no big deal, except that according to all the experts, he didn’t have a chance against the popular incumbent. What changed the tide? Moms. Ordinary moms who, thanks to COVID, got involved in their children’s education, who saw what their kids were being taught and stood up to the state and the school boards.

Ordinary is the new radical.

This week we’ll meet Jonadab, a very ordinary man whom God would use in an extraordinary way. If you’ve ever wondered how ordinary folks like you and I can make a difference in this world, join us Sunday for our new series, “Legacy: Creating a Godly Heritage During Cultural Decline.” This week’s message is “Ordinary: The New Radical.”


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