Tiptoe-ing to Safety

The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into.”
― Shane ClaiborneThe Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

I follow Jesus.  I belong to him.  Sometimes I forget what that means.  Allowing for the trouble that can come from me actually living a Christ centered life.  Risking that balance I crave in order to serve full heartedly and love unendingly.  Being a little bit more prepared for jumping into the risk of following Jesus instead of tip toe-ing to safety.  This reminds me of my Water into Wine post from a year ago.

I am REALLY looking forward to reading through all of Shane Claiborne’s books again before I read his newest release, Red Letter Revolution, written with Tony Campolo.  Both inspirational writers and followers of Jesus.  Some of my major take-aways from Claiborne’s books below…

“I asked participants who claimed to be “strong followers of Jesus” whether Jesus spent time with the poor. Nearly 80 percent said yes. Later in the survey, I sneaked in another question, I asked this same group of strong followers whether they spent time with the poor, and less than 2 percent said they did. I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.”
— Shane Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical)

“We are not a voice for the voiceless. The truth is that there is a lot of noise out there drowning out quiet voices, and many people have stopped listening to the cries of their neighbors. Lots of folks have put their hands over their ears to drown out the suffering. Institutions have distanced themselves from the disturbing cries.  It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty are no longer just a missions project but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream, and struggle. One of the verses I have grown to love is the one where Jesus is preparing to leave the disciples and says, “I no longer call you servants…. Instead, I have called you friends” (John 15:15). Servanthood is a fine place to begin, but gradually we move toward mutual love, genuine relationships. Someday, perhaps we can even say those words that Ruth said to Naomi after years of partnership: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried” (Ruth 1:16-17).
— Shane Claiborne

“All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.”
― Shane Claiborne

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