Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jesus Manifesto

This book is fantastic.

Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Let's face it, Christianity in the U.S. is pathetic right now. It's pathetic because the real Christ is nowhere to be found. Church is depressing.

We make idols out of beliefs and morals and principles and teachings. We try to imitate Christ instead of following Christ. We intertwine Christianity and politics. We have strategies to get people into the building. We offer them frills and entertainment to stay. We have CEOs and business models. We are against time theft.

Our gospel is false gospel.

Sweet and Viola get this. The message of this book is that Jesus has been completely abandoned by those who claim his name. They get this message right. The main thrust of their argument is found, I believe, in this quote:

"Today, many Christians are inviting God into their stories. But God is inviting us into His. And that story is Jesus Christ."

Christ is the focal point. When the idols are torn down, we will be back to being the body of Christ, living and moving in him.

This book is a good start.

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