I am really enjoying the book “The Barbarian Way” by Erwin McManus. I don’t have the time and I’m too tired to give to lengthy of a summary, but here is a my .02. McManus basically says that our “Christianity” has become too civilizied. Too often we present becoming Christ-followers as simply becoming good citizens who are nice to have as neighbors. We present Christ-following as a safe and happy life in a nice comfort zone. The problem is, if you look at Scripture, there are not many (probably none) examples of Christ-followers in the Bible who live nice, safe, comfortable lives. Following Christ is costly. It cost them their comforts, their families, their friends, theirs lives. They were civilized. They were radical. They were “barbarians.” Christ-following involved risk, not safety. They were not promised safety and health, but rejection and suffering.
Anyway…you can read the book. The staff of our church is reading it now. If you are an Oswald Chambers fan, I would liken the barbarian way to Chambers’ “reckless abandon.”
Great book. On sale at Lifeway for $5.00 right now.