Today I wish to direct your attention to a book that seems intriguing to me, which I have not yet had the opportunity to read but hope to one day. It is by Morgan Guyton and is entitled “How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity“. Click the link and you can see more about it, read the introduction, and even order a copy for yourself if you are interested.
Guyton is a fairly influential voice in the world of progressive Christianity. He and his wife are campus ministers at the NOLA Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. Guyton blogs at Mercy Not Sacrifice.
The big idea in this book is that the loudest voices coming out of the Christian world today sound almost exactly like the voices of the religious leaders who had Jesus crucified two thousand years ago. Guyton identifies twelve toxic attitudes prevalent in Christianity today and their antidotes. In the introduction, he laments that though there is beautiful and genuine Christian faith to be found in every generation, it seems like it is always the loudest, meanest voices that get all the attention. He then asks a poignant and disturbing question: How would Christians live differently if we believed that Jesus needs to save the world from us?
For now, I would like for you to just sit with that question. Meditate on it, and ask yourselves who we resemble more: those who turned the world upside-down through lives of unexpectedly self-giving love, to the point of being willing to die so that the love of Christ might flow through them to a world desperately in need of it–or those who had Jesus crucified out of allegiance to God in order to preserve their religious system and way of life?