What Jesus did you meet when you went to Sunday School or church?
Was it a nice Jesus? The one that was always smiling, with the pretty long eyelashes? Was it a Jesus that never caused a problem, was always super polite? Was it a Jesus that was a model citizen?
Most of us would say yes to that. That was who we meet in Sunday School or church. And we would all have met someone that was not the biblical Jesus. Not the guy that has four Gospels written about Him. That Jesus stirred up trouble. That Jesus preached a sermon and people wanted to kill Him afterwards. That Jesus broke laws and rituals all over the place, making people angry constantly. The Jesus that the Bible talks about is a very different Jesus then you may have met in Sunday School. The Jesus of the Bible was a Subversive Jesus.
Subversive means “seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution”. And that is what Jesus did. Jesus came to earth preaching and teaching a way of living that completely upset the established empire, proclaiming that there was a better way, a subversive way to live. This subversive way of living is not a piece of life but infects every part of it. It changes everything in ways that may be painful and frightening but is the most spiritually rewarding way to live.
Subversive Jesus will push all your buttons and demand that you re-evaluate the Christian life that you live. Does it actually line up with the message of Jesus, the biblical Jesus? And if it doesn’t, do you have the courage to make the leap into “an adventure in Justice, mercy, and faithfulness in a broken world”?
“Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Van Gogh
You cannot read Subversive Jesus and go unchallenged in your thinking or acting. That is what this book is all about. And any book that gets me to reexamine and rethink my faith and the action my faith provokes is worth a read.Craig starts this book by talking about how, as a child, he thought Jesus was nice. And by extension, he should be nice as well. But that isn’t what Jesus came to teach us. That isn’t what Jesus came to do. That wasn’t news to me. I knew that. But to have someone explain it, and then back it up with the story of their life is something that rocked my world.
Craig starts this book by talking about how, as a child, he thought Jesus was nice. And by extension, he should be nice as well. But that isn’t what Jesus came to teach us. That isn’t what Jesus came to do. That wasn’t news to me. I knew that. But to have someone explain it, and then back it up with the story of their life is something that rocked my world.
Subversive Jesus has me rethinking how I go about earning money, how I share it and spend it. The concept and ideas that Craig has learned and shares with his readers are spiritual earthquakes. They have the power to ruin your life for the glory of God and set the soil to see His subversive Kingdom grow.
The biggest problem is not with Subversive Jesus, but with one’s self. The urge to resist the Gospel that Jesus taught and Craig helps illuminate, can quickly rise up in any reader. But that desire to keep things the way they are only goes to show how right Craig is about the Subversive Jesus.
This book needs to be read by every pastor, every teacher, every person that holds any leadership within a Christian organization. It helps shift your thinking on what Jesus calls us to do, and the shift in thinking will result in a change in our action. Then, we will start seeing God’s Kingdom taking root in this broken world.
Craig Greenfield has written a brilliant book. I wish there was more of this to enjoy. Regardless of this book’s size, it earns a 5 out of 5-star rating. You need to go by Subversive Jesus now.
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