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So, Jesus. I am interested in the ways Jesus leads because they are necessarily the ways by which I follow. I cannot follow Jesus any which way I like. My following must be consonant with his leading. The way Jesus leads and the way that I follow Jesus are symbiotic. And this symbiosis is not treated with sufficient seriousness and depth in the Christian community of North America.
More often than not I find my Christian brothers and sisters uncritically embracing the ways and means practiced by the high-profile men and women who lead large corporations, congregations, nations, and causes, people who show us how to make money, win wars, manage people, sell products, manipulate emotions, and who then write books or give lectures telling us how we can do what they are doing. But these ways and means more often than not violate the ways of Jesus. North American Christians are conspicuous for going along with whatever the culture decides is charismatic, successful, influential—hardly noticing that these ways and means are at odds with the clearly marked way that Jesus walked and called us to follow. Does anybody notice that the ways and means taken up, often enthusiastically, are blasphemously at odds with the way Jesus leads his followers? Why doesn't anyone notice?
From THE JESUS WAY by EUGENE H. PETERSON. Copyright © 2007 by Eugene H. Peterson. Published by WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
In The Jesus Way, Eugene Peterson continues his conversations in Christian theology, considering all the ways that Jesus is The Way, compared to the ways today’s church has chosen to follow.
Arguing that the way Jesus leads and the way we are to follow are closely related, Peterson begins with an examination of how the ways of Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Isaiah of Jerusalem and Isaiah of the Exile revealed the “way of the Lord” that was completed in Jesus. He challenges the ways of today’s American church, showing how what we focus on—consumerism, celebrity, charisma and the like—obliterates what is unique in the Jesus way.
We have a leader who tells us, in no uncertain terms, “Follow me.” It’s time we heed His words.
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Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. ( September 02, 2011 )
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