How To Make Sure You Are Not Crazy

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Do you ever wonder if you are crazy? I do all the time. If you are like me, being crazy is not something that you want to be known for. We tend to run things through a couple of test to make sure that we are up to par with others. One of the best known techniques is the comparison game. This one is pretty simple, look at others and make sure you are better then them. Maybe this is why gossip exist, or for that matter reality TV, but comparing yourself to others is one way to make sure that you are not crazy. Another great technique is to follow the crowd. Instead of forming an identity, you just follow what others are doing. This plan is very simple, blend in and don’t stick out. It is amazing the lengths we go to not look crazy, what if we are missing the point and are called to be crazy?

One of my favorite people in the Bible is John the Baptizer. Mainly because he was crazy. I love the way the Bible describes him:

“John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey” (Matt 3:4).
That sounds like a crazy person to me. But this was not the reason why people thought John was crazy, instead it was the message that he preached that turned him from a man in the dessert eating bugs to a man preaching a crazy message. John was preparing the way for one of the craziest messages every spoken, one was coming to take away the sins of the world. What I love about John is his unconcerned feeling about what people thought of him, he was more concerned with the message.
Today, I I think we put more effort into the message making sense then we do making it crazy, this is a problem.

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Ben Reed

    Good stuff, as always. I agree that our message shouldn’t be watered down, and should border on craziness. But what I’ve seen is churches that take the Gospel and pervert it. They preach the Gospel from the vantage point of “you can’t really be a part of our body unless you clean yourself up first.” I bet that hearing JTB’s message, and seeing the way he dressed, was really freeing for some in that day who felt like they had to clean themselves up before coming to God, and that God only loves and welcomes in those who have a certain “look” to them.

    Confession: my wife and I watch Hoarders: Buried Alive. It makes us feel better about our house not always being straight.

    • Kyle Reed

      and i think that is what the gospel message should be, a chance to see that you don’t have to look the part to be apart of the movement. which i think then brings in the craziness, the fact that you cannot do anything to earn it.

  • Tyler

    I think considering our cultural context having a message that makes sense (i.e. is understandable and holds up to logic and expressed in appropriate terms) is more relevant than making it crazy. The content (grace, forgiveness, selflessness) is radical in and of itself and our message shouldn’t stray from that, but I don’t see a benefit to spinning craziness to propagate the gospel.

    • Kyle Reed

      But the message in and of itself seems crazy to even try and rationalize. Or to use your words, radical. That is the point for me. Not that it is literally crazy, but that it doesn’t make sense or even absurd is more of what I am going for.

  • Brett Barner

    Great post, Kyle. It’s true. Sometimes I try to look at the message of Christianity with an outside the club point and view, and I think, “Man, this is weird”.

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  • herbhalstead

    I think it’s less about whether the Gospel is crazy or not, but more about accepting the message for what it is. Let it rattle you where the Holy Spirit rattles, comforts where He comforts, assures where He assures.

    • Kyle Reed

      Well said