The Hole in Our Gospel
Author: Richard Stearns
Author: Richard Stearns
"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it."
"Well, why don't you ask Him?"
"Because I'm afraid He would ask me the same question."
I very much enjoyed most of this book. Richard Stearns very eloquently, very simply, very powerfully put words together on these pages to display the huge need for us as individuals and churches to get involved in the needs of those around us and the needs of those who find themselves at the mercy of circumstance all around the world. I did not feel preached at by his words, but perhaps that was because these are the ideas and passions and compassions we (friend group) have been talking about for so long now.
Ask me in person sometime.
An explanation of this book in his own words:
An eye opening perspective:"The idea behind The Hole in Our Gospel is quite simple. It's basically the belief that being a Christian, or follower of Jesus Christ, requires much more than just having a personal and transforming relationship with God. It also entails a public and transforming relationship with the world."
"For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved."
An appropriate question:
Where is the Church of Jesus Christ?
"One of the disturbing things about Church history is the Church's appalling track record of being on the wrong side of the great social issues of the day. If the Church is indeed a revolutionary kind of institution called to foment a social revolution by promoting justice, lifting up the sanctity of human life, fighting for the underdog, and challenging the prevailing value systems in our world, then it seems we should be out in front on social justice issues rather than bringing up the rear."
"Imagine how stunning it would be to the watching world for American Christians to give so generously that it:
- brought an end to world hunger
- solved the clean water crisis
- provided universal access to drugs and medical care for the millions suffering from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis
- virtually eliminated the more than twenty-six thousand daily child deaths
- guaranteed education for all the world's children
- provided a safety net for the world's tens of millions of orphans"
Really good. A good thinking book...that hopefully leads to action in whatever way you and God decide is best.