That provocative statement is made by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola in their new book Jesus Manifesto. (Read on to see how you can save 40% or even win a free copy.)
Think about it.
If you’re a Christian, do you want the homeless guy who sleeps in your park to know Jesus, find his purpose, and get off the street because you love him? Or is it because having a homeless person sleeping in your park scares you?
Do you want the murder to find Jesus in prison because you love him? Or is it because you don’t want another bad dude out on the streets when his sentence is up?
Do you want to reduce poverty because you really love people who are poor? Or is it because you hate the world economic system that allows for such disparity in wealth? Or is it because you resent your tax money going to government programs?
We can even look within the church…
For those of us who champion discipleship and spiritual growth, is it because we genuinely love immature believers and want to see Jesus formed in them more completely? Or is it because we hate the people who just show up on Sunday and never serve, never put more than a couple bucks in the plate, act irresponsibly, smoke, drink, swear, screw around, and really don’t get it like we do?
Upon further reflection, all I can say is…
How about you? When you examine your motives for wanting to change the world, is it because you really love people? Or is it because you hate the unsafe, unpredictable, unfair world we live in full of unsafe, unpredictable, unfair people?
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