Think On This

"...too many of us have lived with the name "church" or the name "Christian," but not with deep passion as Christ's revolutionary community of faith and mission. Christianity has been little more than a belief system for us, not a way of life. It has been an institution, not a mission for our lives. It has made us nice people with confidence of heaven after this life, but not world-changing revolutionaries with hope for justice and peace in this life. It has given us the identity of religious people, not the identity of courageous rescue workers."

McLaren, Brian D. "The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures Of A New Kind Of Christian." San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

3 comments:

The Thief said...

It has given us the identity of religious people, not the identity of courageous rescue workers. And that's the way many people want it. It's much "safer" that way.

Brian Eberly said...

It's safer and perhpas makes us "look" better, because it is not as messy.

The Thief said...

Indeed. And when we look better, then we're better Christians, right ;-) It's kind of like when mountain bikes first became popular on my college campus; everyone had one, but there were only a few of us who had ever been off-road on ours. So what we're looking for is "off-road" Christians, not just ones with shiny paint.

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