What if Jesus hadn't rocked the boat? For starters, he wouldn't have been crucified. Without a crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection. Without a resurrection, there would be no Christianity. We'd be pagans if Jesus hadn't stirred up the water, rocked the boat, and made the powers that be nervous.
Jesus empowered individuals. He divinely authorized them to question what was handed to them. If something seems wrong, if it doesn't ring true for Jesus, it's okay to rock the boat!
Rocking the boat doesn't mean you don't care-it means the opposite! It means you care so much you're willing to put yourself on the line for the good of the community.
Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman rocked the boat and led many of God's children to freedom. There was a price on their heads, that's how unpopular they were in their own day, but today we clearly see them as the heroes they were.
We like the easy way, but God never said his way would be easy. In fact, he said precisely the opposite. Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:13-14, NRSV)
Did Jesus die so we could take the path of least resistance? Or should we follow his example and make a bold stand for what we believe in, not worrying about what people think, but concerning ourselves with the weightier matter of justice?
Authenticity matters. We can ask it of others, but not demand it. We CAN demand it of ourselves, and in a very real sense, we can live it. We can not only talk the talk, we can walk the walk, let our genuineness seep out of every pore, so, if nothing else, people will know we're real. They may not love what we say and believe, but they'll trust our sincerity. Sometimes taking a stand is as simple as saying, "You're wrong." Sometimes taking a stand is as hard as walking away from something you love because you cannot support it by your presence any longer.
Only when we're honest with one another can we truly be a community of true brothers and sisters in Christ. We have grown accustomed to living in a safe society where remaining silent is the norm...but when we're silent, we're not effective witnesses to Christ. We need to make a difference, to take a bold stand for what we believe in, and pray that God is leading us where he wants us to go. Where is God calling you to take a stand? At work? In the community? In the church?
Why aren't you rocking the boat?