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September 18, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, in the last fifteen minutes I finished the book unChristian: What a New Generations Really Thinks About Christianity…and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.  In my opinion, it is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  It has a lot of meaty issues in it that all Christians should be aware of, but especially if you are in some form of ministry (especially pertaining to youth and young adults.)  I won’t ruin the book, but what would a blog post be about a book if it didn’t talk about some portions of it?  

To give you an idea about the book, Kinnaman is the president of Barna Group, so you get a lot of reliable survey results to back up the data.  Basically, the book shows how non-believers (outsiders is the way the book defines them) speak of Christianity.  It covers six descriptions: hypocritical, antihomosexual, judgmental, only concerned about getting one converted, too political, and sheltered.  It’s highly alarming to read some of the information that is presented.  Not just because this is the way that Christianity is viewed, but it is because the way that Christianity is.  Without really diving into specific quotes and concepts from the book, there is one issue I want to discuss.

Sin.

After reading this book about the perceptions of Christianity by America, especially when dealing with Christians being hypocritical and judgmental, I can’t help but think about the fact that these views could be completely done away with if people would abolish the sin in their lives.  Kinnamin does talk about this as he speaks of people being fully committed Christ followers, allowing their personal relationship with Christ to permeate every area of their lives.  What if every person took seriously what it means to be a Christian?  If people really dug into God’s Word (present party included), prayed as they should, and truly looked to God in every area of their life, one has to wonder what kind of world this would be.

Looking at the Bible, we realize that we are all sinners.  We will always struggle with sin, it is our nature.  Show me a perfect person, and I’ll give you my left kidney.  This creates somewhat of a problem to me – to be sin free, yet knowing this will never be achieved.  Yet, after reading this book, I realize that while we will always struggle, realizing that our relationship with God is still the number one priority can fix our sin problem, and allow us to change the negative perceptions of Christianity.  When we truly love God the way that we should, everything else should fall directly into place.  

The two greatest commandments are to love God and love your neighbor.  Yet, you cannot love your neighbor without loving God first.  When we love God, that love flows directly toward our neighbor.  If we love God the way that we are called to love God, then this country couldn’t look on American Christians in a negative light, unfortunately, too many times we allow sin to reign in our lives, thus pushing the message of Christ to the back burner, or sometimes completely off the stove, and we push our own personal interests and agendas ahead of Christ – and this is where we mess up.

I could go on and on, but you have to read the book.  It’s phenomenal.  I took lots of notes as I wrote.  I have lots of quotes.  I hope you do the same.  I hope you read this and realize that something has to be done about the image that has been presented of Christianity, and it all starts with you.

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  1. September 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    reading it now. almost half-way done.

  2. September 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I like your site, that which I can read…. could you possibly enlarge the font a bit? You know, for us old people… thanks

    Robert

  1. October 28, 2008 at 11:44 am

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