Jesus for President
Jesus for President is a radical manifesto to awaken the Christian political imagination, reminding us that our ultimate hope lies not in partisan political options but in Jesus and the incarnation of the peculiar politic of the church as a people 'set apart' from this world. In what can be termed lyrical theology, Jesus for President poetically weaves together words and images to sing (rather than dictate) its message. It is a collaboration of Shane Claiborne's writing and stories, Chris Haw's reflections and research, and Chico Fajardo-Heflin's art and design. Drawing upon the work of biblical theologians, the lessons of church history, and the examples of modern-day saints and ordinary radicals, Jesus for President stirs the imagination of what the Church could look like if it placed its faith in Jesus instead of Caesar. A fresh look at Christianity and empire, Jesus for President transcends questions of 'Should I vote or not?' and 'Which candidate?' by thinking creatively about the fundamental issues of faith and allegiance. It's written for those who seek to follow Jesus, rediscover the spirit of the early church, and incarnate the kingdom of God.
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More People Need to Read Shane ClaiborneUser Review - Christianbook.com
My first exposure to Shane Claiborne was through his first book, “Irresistible Revolution”. There he talks about growing up as a good Christian but then actually meeting the Jesus of the Bible (instead of the typical Christian sub-culture Jesus) and how it messed him up real good. Typically it’s the other way around! I loved what he had to say in that book, I loved reading about the stories following this secondary conversion and his passion was fully evident on every page. If you want to understand about Claiborne or the Simple Way, this would be a good starter. If you want to take it a step further, I believe that “Jesus for President” would be a good follow-up. Here in this book he outlines his theology and the way he understands how the Bible should shape our politics. Rather than fall into Republican vs Democrat battles, he traces in the Bible how God’s plan for his people was never about that type of debate. Claiborne discusses ancient Israel, Jesus and the NT Church and each of these was radically counter-cultural in their own day. Like certain other prominent Christians, Claiborne is alarmed at the increasing mix of politics and faith in our world and one of his main goals is to proclaim that this is simply not Biblical. This book came out around the 2008 election, so some of the references may be a bit dated, but the message certainly isn’t. He also includes a section on different Christians from history who “thought differently”, as well as individuals and communities of our own time who are also doing this. I do have a few critiques – as much as I love his thinking, at times it can become somewhat simplistic or it almost sounds as if you’re not following the exact same path as him then you’re doing it wrong. Plus, he repeats some of the same stories from Irresistible Revolution (“Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers” has some of these same stories as well!). The binding on the book is somewhat cheap and some of my pages have started falling out. However, ...
Review: Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary RadicalsUser Review - Connie Chuang - Goodreads
I bought this book during my Shane Claiborne is my hero faze, after widely promoting his first book to all my college friends in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Greek IV and even the huge ... Read full review
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