I Believe Christians Have a Poor Kleresmaak. And We’re Selfvoldaan!

My book I’m OK—You’re Not has received its share of reviews. I like the ones that praise the book; I often agree with points in the ones I don’t. But I love the one below. It’s translated, via Google, from a South African blog called Emergenbracken. Here it is:

In a sense, this is not a typical book on evangelism is not. Inherent to our current era of deconstruction, John Shore hoist the presumptions that lives in the minds of (mostly) evangelical, American Christians. Not only does he not questioned, he also provides thoughtful alternatives to the strooipoppe his essay.

But what trade I’m OK – You’re Not? John Shore’s kernbetoog is that Christians’ behavior towards non-Christians cycle with hovaardigheid and liefdeloosheid. We are so plagued with the great commission (Matt 28) that we completely forget the great commandment (Matt. 22). And if one merely semantic terms to see, have a commandment greater urgency than a job. Although he is not opposed to evangelism is not, John Shore felt that American Christians should realize that everyone in their large country gospel at least once heard said, and therefore has a choice exercised. The time has arrived to unbelievers, especially with respect and love to treat, not as projects that can be depreciated if they reject verlossingsboodskap not.

Shore offers ten reasons why unbelievers skeptical about Christians and their witness. He said:

  • They think Christians are emotionally blasé;
  • They think Christians are intellectually immature;
  • They believe Christians have problems with their sexuality;
  • They think Christians are biased and selfvoldaan;
  • They think Christians are hypocritical;
  • They think Christians are emotionally unavailable;
  • They think Christians are desperate to convert anyone;
  • They think all Christians are FANATIES;
  • They believe Christians have a poor kleresmaak;
  • They know they do not respect Christians.

The good book because the author is humorous. Indeed, he is continuously filled full of good wit. Sometimes people lose their sense of humor, but then you do not clean snap the point he tried to make it. I have also found a strong argument that he makes against evangelical Americans, who all know what they are trying to bring repentance, slightly odd to me more about Reformed fall. It’s not because I mean no difference, it’s rather my experience that South Afrikaans Christians are more reserved about how our faith with others as our American geloofsgenote. Above all his specific arguments are often more applicable to South Afrikaans Christians from the Holy Spirit comes movements: It sometimes comes before or anyone who they do not share their particular beliefs, to be considered justifiable sendingobjekte.

What have I learned I’m OK – You’re Not? Enormously: Love dealing with people, I mean that they will unconditionally accept all of them dancing in their early morning or Adams Evaspakke around burning candles in a garden. To people of Jesus to tell, it means that I will respect any decision, even though I think it is way to hell about it. Evangelism is not a single project—for people with Jesus’ love to serve, I suppose that would be their friend, even though they did not share my faith. And that I will remain their friend.

Eventually I also learned we should not be too serious about life. It’s good to have your own religious beliefs sometimes with a knypie salt vat!

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter. If you shop at Amazon, help support John by entering the site through this link right here--Amazon will then send John 3-4% of the cost of anything you buy before exiting the site again.

 

  • Tricia Blosser

    That was so wonderful! (Now I'll have to read the book I suppose). Google translation is interesting to me because it translates so literally. I love the part where it says we are " so plagued with the great commission that we forget about the great commandment." So true. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Yeah, that's … the whole message of the book, actually. But it's so fun to see these kinds of translations, I think. Thanks for writing, Tricia.

  • Christine

    "verlossingsboodskap"….has to be the coolest word ever, am looking it up now to find out how to say it and its meaning so I can use it!!! LOVE IT

  • Christine

    well according to online Afrikaans to english dictionaries this word doesn't exist!!! The search is on!

  • http://megaloi.blogspot.com Redlefty (Michael)

    From having great salutations, in the enjoyment!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Christine: Good luck! Let us know!

    Red: HILARIOUS!!! Too extremely perfect.

  • Matt

    So I haven't read the book, but it sounds interesting.

    Here's a few questions that you've probably answered a million times before, and if they're answered in the book, send me a free one :).

    You seem to be saying love one another is the ultimate commandment, while the great commision is secondary. I'm not sure how they can be seperated. To me that would be like saying that helping an old lady accross the street is also seperated from the command to love one another when it's clearly not. What's your stance on this?

    I think even a lot of Christians are confused as to what the Gospel is. To me, it's that God has already done everything for me. He sustains me, he loves me, he came to earth as a lowly baby to live a life where many people flat out hated him, and he suffered and died for me. I think too many Christians and nonbelievers alike think that the gospel is the culture war. Would you agree that this is a misconception that we have to change, and wouldn't changing this misconception be part of the great commision?

    Finally, I have been reading your blogs for a few months now and I have to say I am extemely disappointed. There have been many books I've looked forward to in my life, but the angst I feel waiting for The Shaq to come out is second to none. Seriously, where is that book!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore
  • textjunkie

    ROTFLMAO. :) :)

  • http://nirakia.blogspot.com Karin

    Er, if you give me the link I'll translate the whole thing into English. Tehehehe… Google translator tries but it doesn't get it all right.

    (I'm Afrikaans)

  • http://nirakia.blogspot.com Karin

    Google translate said:

    In a sense, this is not a typical book on evangelism is not. Inherent to our current era of deconstruction, John Shore hoist the presumptions that lives in the minds of (mostly) evangelical, American Christians. Not only does he not questioned, he also provides thoughtful alternatives to the strooipoppe his essay.

    My translation reads:

    In a certain sense this is not a typical book about evangelism. True to our current era of deconstruction, John Shore tackles the presumptions that lives in the thoughts of (especially) evangelical American Christians. Not only does the question, he also provides well thought out alternatives for the hay dolls that he sets up.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Karin: A link to the original concludes the post. But please: that seems like WAY too much trouble for you to take.

  • http://nirakia.blogspot.com Karin

    That’s why I gave you a sample only above…I looked at and thought..er…looks like a lot of text. Hehehehe. But if you really one day need it, I’ll give it a go.

  • http://emergingbracken.blogspot.com Guillaume

    Hi

    I'm the author of the said review. Weird how computer generated translations mess stuff up, isn't it? I literally stumbled upon your post – didn't know you would take note! The review was originally published in an Afrikaans church newspaper and I reposted it on my blog. I'll be happy to do a (less humorous) translation if you want.

    BTW, Christine, "verlossingsboodskap" means message of salvation. I not sure how the word sounds when pronounced with an American accent, however …

    Luvya all!

    • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

      Hi, Guillaume! Thanks for stopping in to say hi. And thanks for rerunning the review, and all. Please don't bother yourself with properly translating the review; that would be entirely too much work. But it's nice to meet you!

  • http://emergingbracken.blogspot.com Guillaume

    Thanks, it's nice meeting you as well! Best wishes for the new year, and all.


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