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Wish there were more like this...
on 16 February 2009
I read this book in the last stages of the Obama/McCain election, and was profoundly relieved by what it had to say in the context of the religious debates that were going on at that time. I am not American, but spent some time in the States just prior to that, and was really affected by the polarization of views between my 'liberal' and 'religious' friends there.
As a result of personal experience and philosophical conception, I have little doubt that my relational faith in God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit is both rational and real - a genuine part of my day-to-day 'human-ness', as well as aspiring hopes & ideals. That said, I am often knocked for six by the experience of Christians who seem to me to display close-mindedness to the point of bigotry and judgementalism which preaches devastating hatred rather than *unconditional* love. It often feels like moral high-ground can be taken over issues, which - if thought through - actually contradict their conceptual basis, and this is hard to deal with. Particularly when we live in a time of - in many ways - broad humility and spiritual interest amidst religious distrust.
'Jesus wants to save Christians' was a genuine relief and encouragement to read. Intelligent, honest, heart-felt, constructive, Biblical, real, and a boot up the backside. It pulls no punches on the 'calling' facing people who try to live in relationship with God and the real world - but is tremendously empowering (both theologically and generally) for those who believe that a life's art is in facilitating the beauty of other people, rather than a shiny new church roof. I am nervous of big churches and success stories because of seeing so many go bad, but I have to say I am impressed and inspired by these guys - their lives seem to bear out their words, and their words are those of people who seek, who have studied deep, and who believe that God can and will collaborate with people to contagiously affect the world for good.