Friday, March 6, 2015

A Challenging View of Christ's Message

The Jesus of the Bible is not the gentle shepard portrayed by many churches. In the early chapters, Slaughter hits hard on the “Sunday Christians” and the churches that support this attitude. Christ came to awaken people to the problems of complacency. Slaughter makes the point that if you want to follow Jesus it's a hard row. Jesus said to the rich young man who asked to be a follower that he had to give all he had to the poor before he could be a follower. The rich young man couldn't do it, and how many of us today would be able to?

Jesus did come to start a revolution. Today we can be part of that revolution, or we can remain complacent Christians and miss the opportunities afforded by becoming a follower of Christ. The second part of the book suggests how this can be accomplished. Slaughter, pastor of Ginghamsburg Methodist Church, reports on the ways his church is trying to make a difference by supporting the development of Christian communities in Africa.

This is an excellent book for Christians to read and think about. Slaughter makes the point that apathetic Christians and churches presenting a watered down version of Christ's message have done more to destroy Christianity than atheists and agnostics. I highly recommend this book. It will make you think and, hopefully, act.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.