the irresistible revolution

We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians don’t care about the poor but that rich Christians don’t know the poor.

When the worlds of poverty and wealth collide, the resulting powerful fusion can change the world. But that collision rarely happens… I long for the Calcutta slums to meet the Chicago suburbs, for lepers to meet landowners and for each to see God’s image in the other. It’s no wonder that the footsteps of Jesus lead from the tax collectors to the lepers. I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning. And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end.”

Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living As An Ordinary Radical, (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2006), 113-114.

Posted on February 23, 2010, in Advocacy, Haphazard, Mission and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I read this book about a month ago and just loved it. I think his strongest and best message was that helping people should not be done from the superior to the inferior but rather by people forsaking their position to bind their fates to the fate of the marginalised. From living with civilians in Iraq so that the US would notice their deaths, to sleeping out with the homeless when sleeping in the park was made illegal anyone who thinks they are living up to being ‘incarnational’ should read this book and think again.

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