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On Sharing A Really Good, Challenging Book

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

*Quotes From “The Irresistible Revolution” by Shane Clairborne. Borrow it from Pastor Dean if you dare to read it, for it will not leave you unchallenged or unchanged!

If you ask most people what Christians believe, they can tell you that Jesus is God’s Son and that he rose from the dead. But if you ask the average person how Christians live they are struck silent. We have not shown the world another way of doing life. Christians pretty much live like everybody else, they just sprinkle a little Jesus in along the way. Few people are interested in a religion that has nothing to say to the world and offers them only life after death, when what people are really wondering is whether there is life before death.

Even if there were no heaven and there were no hell, would you still follow Jesus? Would you follow him for the life, joy, and fulfillment he gives you right now? Heaven’s coming, for sure, and we’re going to party like there is no tomorrow (umm, and there won’t be). And yet I am convinced that Jesus came not just to prepare us to die, but to teach us how to live.                                                                                                                                       
God comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable. In my suburban comfort, I increasingly felt disturbed by God. The more I read the Bible the more I felt my comfortable interrupted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Some Christians take so few risks, it’s no wonder they have a hard time believing in heaven.                                                                                                                    
The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.                                                                                                                                                                         
The great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor, but that rich Christians don’t know the poor.                             
Jesus did not seek out the rich and powerful in order to trickle down his kingdom. Rather, he joined them at the bottom, the outcasts and undesirables, and everyone was attracted to his love for people on the margins.                                                                                                                                              
What the world needs is people who believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin enacting it now.                                                       
Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler is not so much about whether the rich folks are welcome as it is about the nature of the kingdom of God whose economy is diametrically opposed to that of the world. Rather than accumulating stuff for oneself, followers of Jesus abandon everything, trusting in God alone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
You don’t get crucified for being cool, you get crucified for living radically different from the norms of all that is cool in the world.
The gospel is good news for sick people and is disturbing for those who think they’ve got it all together.                                                                                          
The scandal of grace is about how God’s love extends to all losers, whether Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Saul of Tarsus, Timothy McVeigh, or me. We want to kill the murderers, but Jesus says that we are all murderers. And we are all precious as we look through the eyes of Jesus. When we realize that we are both wretched and beautiful we are freed up to see others in the same way.