“Jesus was offensive to smug, judgmental, religious people. He was a breath of fresh air to broken, nonreligious people. Can the same thing be said about His followers today?’
No matter how hard you try, you can’t get away from the present day dissent and debate. Christians are quite often caught up in it all. Scott Saul, author of Jesus Outside the Lines, encourages his readers to be known for what they are FOR rather than what they are against.
I meant to post this review before now BUT maybe its perfect timing with the new clarity of the many stark differences among us during our current Presidential primaries. We are even reminded that “Christianity always thrived most as a life-giving minority, not a political majority”
There are many things that could easily distract or divide us. Although there are some things we should speak up for or against, many of us are (as the author poses) “tired of taking sides, labeling and being labeled” and we don’t like it when opinions are presented as facts.
The beckoning call of the book heralds “Christians from differing perspectives” to “learn and mature as they listen humbly and carefully to one another.” We are challenged to leave our comfort zones and listen. “The more we move outside the lines of our own traditions and cultures, the more we will also be moving toward Jesus.”
The book covers a myriad of issues including abortion, money, hypocrisy, the church as an institution, accountability, and self-esteem. It speaks to us about how we process and react to our cultural differences: “When the grace of Jesus sinks in, we will be among the least offended and most loving people of the world.”
I highly recommend this thought provoking book. You will walk away from it challenged and if you let it all sink in, you will be a better person, friend and Christ follower who can hold firmly to his/her beliefs without causing un-needed division. I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange of my honest opinion.