Monday, April 17, 2006

An Irresistable Revolution

When I got back from New Orleans, one of my associates put the new book, The Irresistable Revolution in my hands, by Shaine Claiborne.

On the opening pages he comments on how celebrities and pop stars have rallied others to address poverty...
But most Christian artists and preachers have remained stangely distant from human suffering, offering the world eternal assurance over prophetic imagination. Perhaps it should not surprise us that Jesus says that if the Christians remain silent, then the rocks will cry out...or the rock stars, I guess.

Meanwhile many of us find ourselves estranged from the narrow issues that define conservatives and from the shallow spirituality that marks liberals. We are thirsty for social justice and peace but have a hard time finding a faith community that is consistently pro-life or that recognizes that there are "moral issues" other than homesexuality and abortion, moral issues like war and poverty. So some folks just end up trying to save individual souls from their sins, and others end up trying to save the world from "the system". But rarely do we see that the sickness of our world has infected each of us, and that the healing of our world not only begins within us but does not end with us.
pages 17,18

It's good to see Shane championing the gospel and willing to break convention to do it. He has spent time in a leper colony in Calcutta, visited Iraq to protest the war and lives in community among the poor of Philidelphia. He gives me hope for the future of the church. Sometimes I feel so entrenched in churchianity that I wonder if we will ever truly embody the good news. Maybe God will use Shane to create a new kind of christian and a new kind of church.

Like many young people, Shane talks about his discoveries as if he is the first one to see them...( my dad used to smile at rock stars singing about sex and say, "They act like they invented it")...but other than that, I think it's a good read that will challenge every serious follower of Jesus.

Don't let his politics offend you. That's not the point and besides, how can you deal with the message of God if it doesn't somehow cause you to rethink everything...even mom and apple pie!