Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
Johnnie Moore’s book Dirty God is sub-titled, “Jesus in the Trenches” because it’s a book introducing us to the dirt-level life of Jesus Christ and his challenge to be a dirt-level Jesus follower.
In one of my favorite stories in the book the author explains that dirt-level Jesus following is not always easy, enjoyable or even appealing.
It was in a leper colony in India that, finally, I really began to understand Jesus’ incarnation….Seeing leprosy alive and well was the pinnacle of culture shock for me as a sheltered American college student. It rattled me from the inside out. It was traumatizing. I had no idea that people on planet Earth were still suffering this way, especially in a time when leprosy can be largely eliminated if people are educated enough to know how to get the right treatment as quickly as possible.
The experience was an emotional earthquake.
I felt a deep, powerful compassion for these dear people, but if I’m to be totally honest, I was also repelled by their wounds. My heart was broken, but I was also concerned for my own health, and I didn’t give all of myself because I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to leave the suffering behind when I left that barricaded colony.
I don’t like admitting that I wasn’t some prepackaged American version of Mother Teresa who swept in and ignored the bandages and the blood and the smell. I wasn’t that gentle and warm and caring. I was deeply moved—but not moved enough to put my inhibitions aside and “get my hands dirty.” I was afraid there was such a thing as too dirty.
It was uncomfortable to learn that day, bag of oranges in hand in the home of lepers, that I had far less grace than Jesus. I would have never done for those people what Jesus did for me. Jesus didn’t just climb down the stairs to planet Earth to walk around in a leper colony. It was as if he became a leper himself, taking all the pain and putrid sin of history and consuming it in one big gulp on the cross.
Dirty Jesus is a “big gulp.”
Honestly it’s taken me months to read this book. It’s not a hard read, it’s just that good. I read. I pause. I digest. I wait. I wonder. And, occasionally I apply.
I’m finishing this book review before I finish the book. Not because I don’t like the book. On the contrary, this book is so good that I keep putting it down.
A couple of thoughtful quotes:
“Jesus taught that God picks regular people and then uses them in powerful ways despite their imperfections.”
“God didn’t expect us to climb up to him. God climbed down to us.”
And, one of my favorites, “God got his hands dirty so that we could have our hearts cleaned.“
Offer: I’ll put my money where my mouth is. If you’re the first one to request a copy I’ll buy yours You can leave your request in the comments section. Explain why you want to read the book.
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