I used to have this quaint notion that righteousness looked like a good little boy, with his hair combed and perfectly parted, sitting in a chair with good posture, an almost blank smile on his face and hands folded in his lap.
Recently, I have come to realize that nothing could be further from the truth. Real righteousness--Christ's kind of righteousness--is wild, untamed and spiritually violent (see Matt. 11:12). This helps explain why the Christian life is an utterly new kind of life which always leaves the old (natural) life in shambles.