Read the manifesto. Be challenged. Maybe even have your life changed, if you are that brave. Honestly, I am not sure about myself yet. A satisfied comfort in my understanding of scripture is such an alluring security blanket.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
A Jesus Manifesto is written by Frank Viola and Len Sweet. I have read several of Sweet's books and find him a refreshing wind for our current time. This manifesto reflects his wholesale commitment to going beyond simply making Jesus the center of all Christian thought and action. Sweet and Viola recognize that nothing we do to give Jesus the place of priority ever goes far enough. Even when we get to the place where we recognize this deep inadequacy on our own part and are willing to take our hands off the controls of our own life and intend to simply follow Jesus where ever He is going, we still fail to understand how radically it is that our life flows only from God. Jesus IS our life. Good Anabaptist theology recognizes that the Bible points us to this life in Christ, but we continue to struggle at working this out in our life rather than being too easily satisfied with inscripturating our understanding of this life in in our theology.