This is a post about a book my son is reading. I loved the post. Had to share it. “Guyton suggests another view of sin. Some Christians will act in solidarity with others instead of sanctimony. To these folks, sin isn’t the breaking of rules, but the failure to love. I love this definition. Brian McLaren similarly talks about sin as the failure to grow, and I think these definitions work in harmony. For these people it would be sin to pass that person on the road by, no matter what the consequences, religiously or otherwise. Perhaps it’s a greater dishonor to God to not show love to one of his children than to break some rule laid out in the law. Hmm, really? That sounds kind of “radical.”
“But our quest is to be perfectly loving, rather than the perfect rule enforcers. When we look at ourselves, we should be looking for ways that our love can be improved upon. When we look at other people, we should be looking for ways that they are lovely.” –Morgan Guyton.
So lately I’ve been reading this remarkable book called “How Jesus Saves the World From Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity,” by Morgan Guyton. When I saw that it came recommended by Rachel Held Evans, Diana Butler Bass, and Brian McLaren, I had to check it out. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in awhile, but I’m almost done with it and I’ll post more about it when I review it here for the blog.
For now though, I want to talk about a specific chapter in his book, and indeed a specific quote. The quote I highlighted…
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