Monday, August 10, 2009

Book Review: The Hole in Our Gospel

All too often, we Christians take for granted the blessings we have in this country. Even the poorest among us do pretty well when compared to the poor in some other coutries. Even now, in the worst economic conditions that have occurred in recent memory, people call in to radio shows on their Blackberry's to complain about how bad things are while they are driving their BMW's to meet their spouse for dinner at Red Lobster. I dare say that most of us don't really know what it is to suffer lack.

In essence, this is what the author of The Hole in Our Gospel is saying. If we profess to be Christians but can turn a blind eye to the suffering of impoverished people all over the world, there is a disconnect between our faith and our practice. It is not enough for us to say be warmed and well-fed, we must put feet to our faith and make it tangible.

I found the book to be encouraging in the sense that it made me realize that while I can't do everything I can do something. I can help to make a difference even it's a small one. In short, taken for what it is, this book is a challenge to all Christians to no longer look at suffering as someone else's problem but to seek ways that they too might help someone who needs it.

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