Hello again, savvy savers! Today I would like to share another book review with you, and this time, So-Called Christian: Healing Spiritual Wounds Left by the Church by Jim Turner.
This book presents a new, refreshing way to view the role of the Christian Church, and its institutional disconnect between the way in which various denominations handle moral, cultural, and more-driven wounds created by and towards inter-congregational members to and from others. The title of the book, is derived from the feeling that many associate with Christian judgmentalism, by way of perceived biblical standards for Christian morality in modern society.
According to the author, the reader should understand that for some, the drive for personal holiness and Christlikeness, forces some to stop focusing on their own home, lives, and families, and deflect on the actions of others. Another angle is that “so-called Christians, respond to those who have judged them by shutting down communication;” a means that is both compelling and non-complementary. Turner begins the book with a series of short vignettes about his own personal experiences, and his self-proclaimed judgmental and harsh verbal attacks towards other Christians; he gives examples of how he used extraordinary, cherry-picked-biblical preferences, as a measuring stick by which to judge other believers. He then shows how this type of thinking runs counter to the unity that Christ desires and commands, for His Church in John 17. Also worth noting is that the author states that the boundaries concerning non-essentials can and are different for each believer, by God’s own design, towards each other.
The ultimate lesson in this book, is that the reader, the follower, the believer should learn to accept your own God-given limitations, and by this method alone, you as a human being, and later a Christian, will be less prone to condemnation, as you embrace the liberties of others. This truth is geared at asking the reader to consider the idea that you must be able to accept your brother and sisters in Christ, in order to be able to welcome them into your heart.
I would definitely recommend this to all Christians, as we have all either judged someone or been judged by someone concerning freedom in non-sin causing issues.
Here’s to being able to appreciate the freedoms of others, even if those freedoms are not those of our own.
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