Righteous Extremism

Terrorism. It’s a word that this generation has grown up with. From suicide bombings to beheadings, it is evil at its gory extreme. But is it possible to be extremists in doing good?

Since the new millennium, there has been an unprecedented increase in terror outfits and activities. Mass causalities, hostage situations and war related crime are so common that they don’t startle us anymore. India has had its own share of terror, with the horrors of 7/11 still fresh in our memories. As we dig deeper, at the core of every brutal act, lies selfishness – the human desire to get what he wants, even at the expense of others.

Talking about selfishness, aren’t we all self-centered most of the time? How often do we think of others first, before making a decision?

Is it even possible to live a selfless life, we may ask? The answer is Yes! The life of Jesus is the perfect example of selfless living.

He taught us to – “love your enemies”, “to do unto others what you would want others to do to you”, “to turn the other cheek” and “go the extra mile”. He lived out every word that he taught. But selfless living is not easy. Every fibre in our body resists it. Thankfully, the Bible promises that when we put our faith in Jesus, he will empower us to follow his words.

Imagine a world where people put the interest of others before their own and go out of their way in doing good, expecting nothing in return.

The world today needs more of such righteous extremists, who are driven by love and not by greed.

It is my prayer that you and I be one of them.

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