Trying to get this blog thing going and I think a good way is to tell you about a book I just read. It’s about a very important subject that we should all concern ourselves with, our polarized world. It’s very rare to be on social media at all these days without seeing some vitriol from one side or the other. What are we, as Christians, supposed to do with that? How do we handle it? What should be our response? Love Over Fear walks through passages in the Bible to help us form what our responses should be.
I can’t say enough great things about this book. In our combative culture, we need to relearn how to get along with others. Dan White Jr takes us through biblical ways to do just that. I was blown away by so much wisdom as he unpacked Matthew 5:39-41 and what each instruction actually meant in Jesus’ day. You may be surprised to find out what ‘heap burning coals on their heads’ means (Romans 12:20), but it’ll change the way you think. That’s what God’s word is supposed to do, anyway, right?
Dan gives real life stories of his fears of others and the monsters in his neighborhood and beyond and helps us see what God thinks about these people we fear. And what are we supposed to do about it? “For God, compassion has no borders, no fences, no Us verses Them.” Jesus shows compassion on everyone. Every. Single. Person. We should too.
This book changed my heart. Opened my heart, I should say. I was amazed at nearly every page. Dan’s writing is so engaging and his subject matter so timely and important, every Christian should read this book. I’m very seriously considering using it as a small group resource, as I know my girls struggle with the current polarized culture, just like we all do.
I hope you read this book. We can change the world, one person, one heart at a time. Maybe we can, as a society, start to show respect and love for each other again.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to go read it again!