Long Live Free Radicals

Long Live Free Radicals!

It turns out that some free radicals in small amounts might be in fact good for you according to a study in the Journal of Physiology. Of course the prevailing wisdom is that most free radicals do harm which has caused the demand for antioxidants to skyrocket. But some free radicals, among other things, help your heart to beat correctly. In small amounts they might also help you live longer.

See here in Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110228090404.htm

Also here: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/05May/Pages/Free-radicals-may-actually-be-good-for-us.aspx

This is exceeding good news for many of us. As a white male, Christian, conservative and a fierce antagonist of the strong delusion called modern liberalism I am supposedly the source of all evil – and thus a free radical. The Founding Fathers, once they declared independence, easily qualify as free radicals. David’s mighty warriors in the Bible, otherwise labeled as misfits of society, might also be considered free radicals.

Just to be clear, the Founding Fathers and David’s warriors easily qualify as great men. I qualify for no such distinction. If it was not for the grace of Jesus Christ I would probably be an anarchist or a lieutenant in a drug cartel.

Life is messy. Anyone who is married knows this. Even a mild glance at politics reveals extreme messiness. As Christians we are called to submit to God ordained authorities and respect those in government. So to speak truth to those in power and confront authority for wrongdoing can be beyond difficult. Consider Bonhoeffer against Hitler and the Founding Fathers with King George III. It is my desire to do exactly what God’s will is but even that can be messy and highly difficult. It takes great discernment along with much prayer to apply truth to an untidy situation.

However, God’s design of these special free radicals is cause for great joy. My cognitive dissonance has subsided. I can now be a free radical with a clear conscience.

Jesus is the greatest of all heroes. Bonhoeffer is right there behind him.

Also, there is merit in a man being nice, respectful, courteous and the like. But there is also a place for battle tested Christians. There is a time for combat duty Christians.

Look at how Nehemiah treated his adversaries.

There is an amazing verse in Judges 3:2; (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience)….

And amazing also is that the prophetess Deborah in Judges calls Jael the wife of Heber, “most blessed,” because she slays an evil man with her own hands – a spike through his temple of all things! See Judges chapter 5.

Surely that is not politically correct.

Long live free radicals!


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