I typically have a stack of books going at any given time. Currently, one of the books is Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller. It’s an interesting book because I can identify with a lot of it.
Miller’s personal journey is a soul-searching attempt to reconcile traditional Christian belief within an increasingly secular world. You don’t have to agree with everything he says to appreciate the sincerity he applies to the teachings of Jesus in his own life. It’s refreshing. It’s funny.
In one chapter, Miller and some friends set up a confession booth at a college festival known for excessive debauchery. The idea that the Christians were confessing to them must have caught everyone off guard.
I found that part particularly relevant because I have believed in God since I was a small child, but I have not always given it my best effort. I still struggle with that. In a society where people look at believers with a suspicious eye, we could all stand to say “I have not been a very good Christian. Sorry about that.” Maybe then we could shine the perfect light of Jesus on a world we’ve helped tarnish with tv preachers, sex scandals, and sectarian nonsense.
Hey, I’m willing to do my part. I write a Christian blog but I have not always done my best at living a Christian life. Sorry about that.
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
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