Are you a good Christian? Do you prefer the company of fellow believers to being in a crowd of unbelievers? Do you try your best not to offend people? Are you a rule follower?
I’ve got news for you…
According to today’s standards of what makes a good Christian, Jesus had some pretty bad habits.
Shocked? I have to admit, when I saw the title of The Bad Habits of Jesus, I was a little miffed. The first thought that came to my mind was, How dare someone suggest such a thing???
But then I actually read it.
Author Leonard Sweet has taken a giant risk in the publication of this book. Not because what he’s written is wrong, but because it is true and is likely to fly in the face of what most people consider to be the traits of respectable believers.
Did you ever think about the fact that Jesus spit? That He procrastinated? That He hung out with bad people? That He regularly offended people? That He broke the rules?
These are but a few of the examples given by Sweet of those instances that Jesus seemed to do the very things that we as Christians try so hard not to do today. Sweet has pulled passages straight out of the Bible that, when looked at in the context he has chosen, are pretty shocking and are bound to make readers rethink their views of what their roles as believers actually are.
Since I became a Christian, I’ve always considered myself to be one of the “good Christians” I mentioned before. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. I don’t use swear words. I do my best to be nice and thoughtful to everyone.
I tend to prefer to be around fellow believers, rather than those who are of the world.
Jesus hung out with sinners all the time. He dined with prostitutes and tax collectors. He chose the lowest of the low to reach out to. Why am I not doing the same?
I also happen to be big on rules. Just ask my kids.
Jesus wasn’t so big on the rules. In fact, one of the reasons the Pharisees hated Him so much was because He had the audacity to break their rules all the time.
This book has opened my eyes to so many things I thought I was doing right, but have actually been doing wrong.
So my question to you today is this:
Are you willing to stop being “good” by society’s standards in order to follow the One, True King?
I know I am, starting right now.
Disclosure- I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.