The Weekly Dream: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“Revolution is another word for life fightin'”
-Common, “Home is where the Hatred Lives”

Every Holy Week, I try to do something to make it real to me. Some people prefer to watch the “Passion of the Christ” while others give something up for the Lenten season. Personally, I try to look at the events and life of Christ with fresh eyes and different perspectives.

This year, I went to see the film “V for Vendetta” and a thought hit me: Christianity is arguably the greatest and longest lasting revolution in human history. When Jesus lived, the Jewish people were looking for a conqueror in the military sense. But Christianity became a cultural conquest. What made the Christian business model so sustainable? To the point where nations have been founded and toppled over this believe system purported by an obscure carpenter from Galilee? What does this say about the nature of revolutions at large and how can we incorporate this into our daily lives to effect change?

First the Movement…

Revolutions are defined by rapid change of the status quo. Most revolutions begin as movements. Movements are the groundwork for revolution. These are grassroots efforts to raise awareness of an issue. Revolutions can be violent, but these are not as sustainable because there is often no new order ready to take the place of the old. And often violent revolutions lead to mistrust and instability.

Internalizing the Revolution…

A successful revolution occurs when people embrace and internalize the spirit of the revolution into their daily lives. The majority of successful revolutions are often referred to in spirit rather than actual events. For instance, history books often make mention of the American Revolution as the “Spirit of 1776.” The people identified strongly and understood clearly what they were fighting for and why change was necessary. The revolution changed the thinking of the people.

This is why I believe Christianity, as well as any other major movement turned revolution, has been sustainable. It started by meeting people where they were with the intent of helping them realize their potential. Once people understand that they can be better, then they believe that their surroundings can be better too. And what’s more, they feel empowered to make it happen.

How Does This Apply To You

At some point, you have to define what is worth fighting for. How much are you willing to let slide? What will it take for you to speak out against the injustice in your community, government and in your own life? How dedicated are you to the struggle, to change inside and out?

These are questions we all must answer. And that is what Easter/Resurrection Season means to me. It is a constant reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done in my little corner of the earth.

This is the purpose of these articles and We want everyone to be aware and live the lives that the Good Lord intended. We challenge for us to use all of the tools at our disposal to do so. If a man armed with only a group of fishermen and some conviction can turn the world upside down, why can’t we? If we don’t, it is because the Spirit of Revolution, the spirit of change has been lost upon us.

I cannot tell you how to fight your fight. I cannot tell you how to foment your own revolution. I cannot tell you how much to give. That is for you to determine. I can tell you this: The revolution will not be televised because no one can see what is in your heart.

The world will not get better until you get better.

Internalize the Revolution.

Truth and Peace,
Steven M DeVougas

Question of the Week: What does revolution mean to you and how do you choose to wage the battle within?


2 responses to “The Weekly Dream: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

  1. Dumi says :

    Wow, I gotta say I’m extremely uncomfortable with the way in which you paint the expansion of Christianity as almost a natural process. Christianity and most organized religions that have travelled the world have a very violent and imposed nature. Indeed people do eventually come to “accept” the religions, but I don’t really see this as an organic movement. And if it is revolutionary, wouldn’t anyone who resisted the expansion of a given revolution thus be counter-revolutionary? It’s too dichotomous. I have so much to comment on, but I’ll let you simply respond to that first.

  2. Steve "The Governor" says :

    First Dumi, let me thank you for your thoughts. I had far too much too say and too little room to say it. At the risk of sparking a theological debate, let me first say that revolutions are rarely organic, they take work and movement. Christianity in its original form was never meant to be used as an instrument of domination or subjugation. Some misguided “practitioners” got away from the original vision and perverted this simple doctrine for their own purposes. That is how we ended up with religion v. spirituality. I am advocating a return to the “spirit of change” and a “spirit of revolution” which was the original aim of Christ to begin with . For me, that is my revolutionary figure. He was all about goodness and helping others. For others, it may be Buddha or whoever. When people enter a faith, it should be a voluntary, rational decision. We know from history that violence and forcing change does not normally last. And it often sparks a backlash, as you alluded too. Also, not every revolution is good (e.g. Nazi takeover of Germany). So, in that case, being counter-revolutionary and maintaining the status quo is beneficial. I also advocate that due to the arbitrary and capricious nature of revolutions, perhaps we should take a more organic approach where people seek to revolutionize their thinking by seeking truth and being exposed to new ideas, as a way to counterract ignorance. That is what HEADS, the Superspade, and the Weekly Dream is all about. If Christianity is real, for example, it will be able to withstand scrutiny, as long as there are people who truly have a revelation in that area.

    Thanks Dumi, I really do appreciate your comments as we try to hammer this thing out. And I hope I have addressed your concerns, but let me know if I missed it.

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