Friday, January 2, 2015

Ordinary How to Turn the World Upside Down

From the back of the book:

Ordinary is not a call to be more radical. If anything, it is a call to the contrary. The kingdom of God isn’t coming with light shows, and shock and awe, but with lowly acts of service. Tony Merida wants to push back against sensationalism and “rock star Christianity,” and help people understand that they can make a powerful impact by practicing ordinary Christianity. 

Through things such as humble acts of service, neighbor love, and hospitality, Christians can shake the foundations of the culture. In order to see things happen that have never happened before, Christians must to do what Christians have always done­. Christians need to become more ordinary. 

Let’s think together about how we, ordinary people, doing ordinary things, might turn the world upside down.

Tony Merida  pastor at Imago Die in North Carolina has written a book that every Christian should read.  We as Christians need to open our eyes to the world around us; we need to stop being bench warmers and become “doers” of the word, and showing the love of Jesus.   The last commandment that Jesus left us with was to love one another as Jesus loved us. (John 13:34)   Are we doing that in our little world?  Are we showing neighborly love?
Tony Merida has done a great job showing us where we can start turning our world upside down.  He reminds us that having hospitality is important.  Firstly he defines what hospitality is and how important it is in our Christian lives.   All throughout the Bible it tells us to be hospitable.   It is an important part of evangelism, and for showing love to our “neighbors.
He also reminds us how important it is to take care of our widows and orphans, He and his wife are busy in the area of dealing with human trafficking.
All in all I believe that Tony Merida has done a great job of researching this subject and bringing it out to the public’s attention.    He also included websites to visit, if one is interested in helping with some causes.    

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