Monday, May 31, 2010
I agree with them that we should discern whether or not a church is focused on Christ or on political correctness. However, I feel that their judgements were sweeping, and at times that they were splitting hairs. For instance they take issue with the phrase "imitators of Christ" since it is impossible for us to actually live the sinless life of Christ without His indwelling spirit and remind us that we ARE Christ because we are part of His body. I understand the distinction, but I felt that they were trying to say something new . . . . that isn't new. And occasionally I disagreed with how they stretched the use of a verse to make a point.
However, all in all, I've decided I like the book. The more I think about some of their points, the more I realize how right they are. We do need to point to Christ as the center and the circumference of all life. As Christ-followers we should be occupied with Christ and everything we do should flow from that obsession with Him, and unfortunately, many churches and Christians are missing that Christ-living and choosing meaningless pursuits of morality alone or service alone or programs alone. It is an easy trap to fall into.
"There is one reason why a Christian would not be absolutely occupied and consumed with Christ. That person's eyes have not been opened to see his greatness," was one thought I've pondered most. I do believe that much of this book challenged me to be occupied with Christ -- to search for Him in all of life, to look for His unlimited majesty and see His greatness, and to allow Him to work through me. For that reason, it is worth reading.
*I receieved a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review through BookSneeze.