In honor of the print edition of Shout It from the Rooftops (along with an even more handsome cover because it doesn’t feature my scrawling on a tablet over a distorted image of an unshaven moi looking straight ahead), I thought I should re-print some of the promotional interview I did for the book here. I was interviewed, btw, by the very capable me. Quite captivatingly, I must add.
What was the impetus for this tome?
It originated with an ongoing series of articles I was doing on my blog, Left Cheek, on American Evangelicals, what they believe and how that affects their view of the world and how that affects those around them.
And it affects….?
Pretty negatively. I’ve come to believe that the bible – if we read it as God’s word to us – is, to cop from Donald Miller, story. And if it is, it moves in certain order. I don’t want to fit this whole Ancient Near East text written over a several hundred year span and tackling many different eras and from the perspective of many different authors and superimpose a modern and Western meta or mode of talking about narrative over it, but to me it seems to be talking about relationship, loss, and then redemption. I don’t know how universal that is, though…
Is this gonna be a long answer?
Don’t interrupt me.
As I was saying… One thing I’ve come to find while working and developing the blog, from reading biblical scholars and reading about early Christian history is that American Evangelical Christians tend to have an outlook on society that contradicts what Jesus, the prophets and the early Christians had. And that this contradiction is actually very harmful to the Christian witness, to the name of Jesus, and to society at large.
When you say “harmful”…
I mean actually, physically, spiritually, and violently harmful to other people also made in God’s own image. Sometimes those other people live next door, sometimes they live remotely, sometimes our own family – but always our neighbors. Like stuff you don’t expect the Good Samaritan to do. Stuff that’s hurtful, that may or may not be intentional. I actually don’t think it is intentional. But I believe that Christians need to be above the defense of, “But I meant well.”
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