The Jesus of Suburbia is a much needed look at how the American church has tamed Jesus. Author Mike Erre explores how we have tried to remove all the mystery from God in our approach to Him–religion. If we do enough good stuff, if we disect our Bibles enough, and if we learn more and more and more about God, then we’ll figure him out. In the process, we’ve whittled Jesus down to a weak Savior who promises security and ease in life.
We need to rediscover the real Jesus.
Erre does a great job of showing exactly how revolutionary Jesus’ coming was. It was in direct opposition to the “Lord” of the day, the Caesar. It was in direct opposition to the reigning kind of the day, Herod the (not so) Great. It was in direct opposition to the prevailing view of the Messiah–that he would roll in, kick ass, and free Israel from the Roman Empire and re-establish the earthly kingdom. He shows how Jesus totally upset social norms and taboos by hanging out with sick people and socially unacceptable people, of how doing so upset the religious establishment… and ultimately lead to his death. He goes on to show that we need to be just like him. Being a Christian isn’t about running from the world, or being safe and secure. It’s about following Jesus, and about living like He lived, which is a revolution of love, sacrifice, and death.
Erre rightly shows how we need to recapture the need, not to know more about Jesus, but to actually know Jesus. Only then will we become the disciples he’s called us to be–wild, radical, risk-taking disciples who are part of a revolution to redeem and subvert the culture around us.
A great read. A must read.