Monday, September 26, 2005

Blue Like Jazz

I am reading, "Blue Like Jazz", by Donald Miller.

At first, I wasn't too sure about this guy. When I initially went to his website and read his activism links, I had my doubts. Clearly, I had a knee-jerk reaction when I saw such sites as and the ACLU. It was like tasting bitter medicine.

I guess in my many years I have become wiser. I went back (to his website) to really read Miller's take on activism and why he posted those web sites.

GULP...I was wrong. At least I believe I was wrong.

I believe Miller's take on these activist organizations is simply showing them our Christ-like being within them. Most of these organizations can't stand Christians. They thnk we're a bunch of right-wing fascists who want to conquer the earth. Depending on what you are accustomed to, i.e. Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell's outspokeness, I can't say I blame them.

Miller suggests becoming involved with these groups to show them Christ's love and grace. They, just like many others, don't need to be bully-whipped with the Gospel. That's not how Jesus reached people. He reached them through their hearts.

So, as I delve deeper in to this book, I really appreciate Miller's candid narration. I can easily identify with many of the situations he's been through. Plus, there's no "church-speak", which makes it even better.

Any thoughts on this book are deeply appreciated.

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