And now there is a bobbing-head "Buddy Jesus" for your car and the "Jesus is my homeboy" T-shirt. It becomes hard to know who Jesus really is, much less to imagine that Jesus ever laughed, cried, or had poop that smelled. I can remember when Christianity was still safe, comfortable, trendy. Church was a place where there were cute girls, free junk food, and cheap snowboarding trips.
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Jul 10, Jud rated it liked it The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I would recommend it to anyone who can read around its sometimes glaring flaws to find the challenging truths that make up the bulk of the book. Claiborne writes with humor, kindness, and humility. He challenges the status quo of American Christianity, calling us to love the poor.
He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and The Irresistible Revolution is a book written from a place of love by someone who has put his love into action, and as such, I would recommend it to anyone who can read around its sometimes glaring flaws to find the challenging truths that make up the bulk of the book.
He shines light on and brings into question beliefs and practices of both conservative and liberal Christians. Above all, he challenges all of us to know the poor. He writes, "I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor. And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end.
The problems come when Claiborne misuses Scripture to make valid points. These instances of scriptural manhandling are not numerous, but they stick out like the Crystal Cathedral and will probably lead many readers to completely dismiss Claiborne.
The end product, though, is a challenging, convicting work that needs to be read. I actually recommended it to a friend. Then all the crap came out.
First, this guy has a big problem with authority. Being someone who is a self-professed follower of Jesus, he should be more submissive to authority. I get it. He clearly has a warped interpretation of many things that the Bible talks about. If you want a terrible book about personal politics, anti-war sentiment, and misuses of the word of God, then buy it.
It wont help you, but it will feed your ignorance.
The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical