So the title of this book got my attention. Is Christianity weird? Really? That was my initial thought and I was curious what author Michael Frost was getting at. As I started reading I realized that I was going to like this book and where the author was going in it. In essence the author is desiring to see the church reclaim it’s position of not being a part of this world, but living fully as a part of God’s kingdom. What that results in is the church being different than the world around it, or as the author titled his book – the church is weird.
Really weird is not the right word and Frost uses different language, in particular latching onto the word eccentric using the definition of it being ‘off centre’. For Frost the church should be off centre from the rest of the world. He writes,
In other words, all Christians who have made God the centre and focus of their lives can rightly be called eccentric.
In many ways, without asking this question directly, the author is asking each of us whether we are disciples of the world or disciples of God’s kingdom. If we are disciples of God’s kingdom we’re going to be weird by the world’s standards. One only needs to read the beatitudes or Jesus’ teachings to realize how weird those teaching are compared to the way of the world.
Ultimately Frost wants us to realize that our example as Christians needs to be counter cultural to be effective and attractive to those who are not believers. If we are not different, why would anyone bother believing? Frost is clear that we are not weird for the sake of being weird, but do so as followers of Jesus:
It’s only by continually returning to our weird theological beliefs and the strange example of our king and friend, Jesus, that we can find the strength and inspiration to continue the task of breaking with convention and keeping Christianity weird.
The book is a good read and one that is meaningful to the church today where it is so easy to acclimate to the culture around us. Frost raises good points and good questions that are needed for disciples in the world today.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by the publisher. All opinions offered are completely my own and freely expressed