Have you ever felt like you are completely missing the point? Are you one of the millions who crave a new direction in the church, fed up with religious games, empty promises, and cultural Christianity?
Alright, this is serious. I’m highly recommending this book. Like, you have to read it. It’s actually not an option. This book flipped my worldview upside down. Or maybe right-side up? I originally borrowed a friend’s copy (mistake) and recently had to go buy my own because I talk about it so much that I couldn’t not own it. Just trust me on this one and buy your own copy here. It’s like, less than $10.00 on Amazon. No biggie.
And let me just say, I am leery of these self-help-ish christianity books sometimes. Not because they’re bad necessarily. And I’m not saying I don’t read them (clearly). But I proceed with caution for 2 reasons, mostly.
#1. A lot of them say the same thing over and over and over again for 13.5 chapters, but in different wording. You want me to love my neighbor. And you want me to love thy neighbor. And then you want me to love thee neighbor. A little dramatic (remember whose blog you’re on), but you get my point.
And #2. I think as followers of Christ, we tend to gravitate towards these books. And rightfully so! We want to be the best version of ourselves possible. Not a bad thing. But I think if we’re not careful, we get caught up in this vicious cycle of never being good enough. Never enjoying the transformation God has just done in our life. We’re always working on this, working on that. Striving to get done with this season so you can get to the next (better) one. (Hello, me right now.) Ecclesiastes 3 talks about how there is a time for everything and a season for every activity. Use discernment and know your season. Okay, what am I even talking about here? Not the point. Right. Back on track.
Continue reading on for a few game changer quotes from the book.
“We don’t get to opt out of living on mission because we might not be appreciated. We’re not allowed to neglect the oppressed because we have reservations about their discernment. We cannot deny love because it might be despised or misunderstood. We can’t withhold social relief because we’re not convinced it will be perfectly managed. Must we be wise? Absolutely. But doing nothing is a blatant sin of omission. Turning a blind eye to the bottom on the grounds of “unworthiness” is the antithesis to Jesus’ entire mission.”
Come on, Jen.
“People in America are not ignorant of Christianity. They’ve heard the message, seen our churches on every corner, they flick by our Christian TV shows, they see our fish symbols on the backs of our cars. They’ve seen so much of pop Christian culture that they have a programmed response to us: Ignore, ignore, ignore. What’s needed is a change of parameters—something that will alter their emotional response.”
“Do we really need to be fed more of the Word, or are we simply undernourished from an absence of living the Word?
“Saying “I meant well” is not going to cut it. Not with God screaming, begging, pleading, urging us to love mercy and justice, to feed the poor and the orphaned, to care for the last and least in nearly every book of the Bible. It will not be enough one day to stand before Jesus and say, “Oh? Were You serious about all that?”
Okay, now I know you’re hooked. And I promise you, the whole book is like this. So get a freaking highlighter ready – better yet, get a whole pack. Multi-colored. And order this sucker! And then come back and tell me how it impacted you. I genuinely want to know!
Cheers and happy reading!