As a mom sometimes it’s hard to find time to read a good book, or at least that’s my excuse. In reality my problem is that either I will buy a good book, such as ‘Twilight’, and then it will take me two weeks before I read past the first two pages, or I will start a book, such as ‘How To Win Friends and Influence People’ and only make it to page 79 before I put the book down, promise to pick it up again and then never do. I love books, yet I have a fickle relationship with them. So it’s quite an accomplishment that I bought the book ‘Crazy Love’ on a whim at Target when it was the last copy left (which did not affect my decision at all) and finished reading it last night. I might add that I purchased the book in December of 2011.
Now on to the book. Be forewarned that I read books, I know what they say yet I can never convey their message to anyone outside my own brain and it make sense. We will conveniently blame that on “mommy brain”. So the main purpose of the book ‘Crazy Love’ by Francis Chan is to show the reader just how insanely amazing God really is, and even more so how absolutely amazing His love is for us. God in no way needs us to do anything for Him, yet He loves us unconditionally and wants a relationship with us.
After that the book becomes truly convicting talking about how short life is and how do you really want to spend your life, as a lukewarm “Christian”, whom the author says are not really Christians (Revelations 3:15-18) or breaking free from the status quo of what is called normal and truly serving God with everything that He has given you? Because truly anything you have is already His to begin with. Here are some examples from the book (Chapter 4: Profile of the Lukewarm) on what a lukewarm Christian looks like. Sadly, it’s me. The good news of the gospel is that I can change.
- “attend church fairly regularly.” (Isaiah 29:13)
- “give money to the church…as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living” (Luke 21:1-4)
- “tend to choose what is popular over what is right in conflict.” (Matt. 23:5-7)
- “really only want to be saved from the penalty of their sin.” (Romans 6:1-2)
- “are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act.” (James 1:22)
- “rarely share their faith with their neighbors, co-workers, or friends.” (Matt. 10-32-33)
- “gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world.”(Luke 18:11-12)
- “say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a part. They give Him a section of their time, their money, and their thoughts, but He isn’t allowed to control their lives.” (Luke 9:57-62)
- “love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, strength.” (Matt. 22:37-38)
- “love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves.” (Matt. 5:43-47) (Luke 12:12-14)
- “will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give.” (Luke 18:21-25)
- “will think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.” (Col. 3:2)
- “are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor.” (Matt. 25:34, 40)
- “do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty.” “They ask, “How far can I go before it’s considered a sin?” instead of “How can I keep myself pure as a temple of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Chron. 29:14)
- “are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control.” (1 Tim. 6:17-18) (Matt. 10:28)
- “feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America.” (Matt. 7:21) (Amos 6:1)
- “do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to.” (Luke 12:16-21; see also Hebrews 11)
- “probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t any different from your typical unbeliever.” (Matt. 23:25-28)
There is also a chapter telling the stories of Christians who have really stepped out in faith or even been persecuted for doing things out of the ordinary. One is that of Brother Yun.
“A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the best thing he can do is be faithful to his Savior in every aspect of his life, continually saying “Thank You!” to God. An obsessed person knows there can never be intimacy if he is always trying to pay God back or work hard enough to be worthy. He revels in his role as child and friend of God.”-p. 148 ‘Crazy Love’
This book also makes me think of this video about worship on YouTube:
Now I’m onto the next book….