Politics is definitely something I am not passionate about. I turned 18 the year after the 2008 presidential elections so I was unable to vote. Now, however, I am a registered voter and given the right in the Constitution, I will cast my vote. But for who? I am not one to identify with a particular party. I like to sit and see what each side has to say and make an informed decision once each candidate has made their case. But it seems like all I hear now from the political scene is lies, bickering, negative ads, bashing the other party to make yourself look good, personal attacks, and fighting words. It disgusts me.
The Red Letter Revolution is a breath of fresh air! Praise God for Christians like Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo. Politicians will continue to do their thing until November and hopefully I will have a decision by then but one thing I know for sure: I've chosen to follow Jesus and whatever He says, I will do. That's what the Red Letter Revolution is about. Taking Jesus up on His "red" words and putting them into action. Thinking about political issues and taking a stand on them based on what Jesus said himself. I'm so excited to read this book. If you're interested, the release date is October 9th. I'll be getting my copy for sure!
If you REALLY like what you're hearing, I highly reccommend Shane Claiborne's book The Irresistible Revolution. Here's the description itself:
"Many of us find ourselves caught somewhere between unbelieving activists and inactive believers. We can write a check to feed starving children or hold signs in the streets and feel like we've made a difference without ever encountering the faces of the suffering masses. In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world. Shane's faith led him to dress the wounds of lepers with Mother Teresa, visit families in Iraq amidst bombings, and dump $10,000 in coins and bills on Wall Street to redistribute wealth. Shane lives out this revolution each day in his local neighborhood, an impoverished community in North Philadelphia, by living among the homeless, helping local kids with homework, and 'practicing resurrection' in the forgotten places of our world. Shane's message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable . . . but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution. His is a vision for ordinary radicals ready to change the world with little acts of love."
I can attest to the "disturb the comfortable" part. It surely made me feel very uncomfortable with the way I was living my Christian walk that vaguely resembled the life of Christ. It is a beautiful book about love--being the hands and feet of Jesus in a dark world.
Have a blessed weekend,