Voice of the Day: Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne has a great article in Esquire, titled “What If Jesus Meant All That Stuff?” (which would at first appear to be an odd choice of publications, until you notice that the title at the top of your web browser reads “Letter to Non-Believers”) From the article comes today’s voice of the day:

“Forgive us. Forgive us for the embarrassing things we have done in the name of God.
… The more I have read the Bible and studied the life of Jesus, the more I have become convinced that Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination. But over the past few decades our Christianity, at least here in the United States, has become less and less fascinating. We have given the atheists less and less to disbelieve. And the sort of Christianity many of us have seen on TV and heard on the radio looks less and less like Jesus.”

I know that Christians aren’t always in the wrong (it’s the many times when we get it right that keep me going), and I know that non-Christians make mistakes, but as Christ’s representives in the world we really should hold ourselves to a higher standard and I think that begins with an open acknowledgment of the places where we ourselves have gone astray. I heartily encourage you to head over to Esquire and read the whole article.