02 May 2007

What does it look like when someone 'really' follows Jesus?

Shane Claiborne, in his book "The Irresistible Revolution," relates a story from when he was a youth leader, and one of his high school kids "who had given his life to Jesus" got busted only a few weeks later for having acid in school. In disappointment, he ask him, What happened, bro? What went wrong?" The student just shrugged his shoulders and said, "I got bored."

Claiborne goes on to write, "God forgive us for all those we have lost because we have made the gospel boring. I am convinced that if we lose kids to the culture of drugs and materialism, of violence and war, it's because we don't dare them, not because we don't entertain them. It's because we make the gospel too easy, not because we make it too difficult. Kids want to do something heroic with their lives, which is why they play video games and join the army. But what are they to do with a church that teaches them to tiptoe through life so they can arrive safely at death?"

He continues, "I'm not sure where we got the notion that Christianity is safe or that Christians should play it cool. [Or run programs intended to show non-Christians how cool we Christians really are!, The Editor] Growing up, I always thought that Christians were good upstanding citizens, but the more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into."

Something to think about.

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