What would it look like if Christians actually lived their lives according to their beliefs? If they lived their temporal lives in accordance with their eternal hope?
In a word, persecution. We get a glimpse of this when we take a look at the Christians of the first century. They turned the whole world upside down, and in turn, the world turned on them.
Because these pesky, troublesome Christians were different. They didn't worship the Caesar who could put them to death. (Didn't they realize they could just tell him what he wanted to hear and keep their lives?!) They weren't out for power or money, in fact they served others and gave it away. Who did they think they were? While everyone was busy worshiping Caesar and their lusts, Christians were proclaiming a Savior who they claimed died and rose again, for their sins!
These early Christians caused quite a commotion, but today we are hardly noticed. What happened? Trevin Wax explores this issue in his book Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals. Today we may not serve a Caesar who is in charge of our government, but there are many other Caesars that we let control our lives. Trevin exposes a few of these Caesars, and shares how we can subvert their power, so that we can live lives that truly reflect our belief and hope in Christ.
Below is a list of the Chapters or "Caesars" the book tackles.
- Subverting the Self
- Subverting Success
- Subverting Money
- Subverting Leisure
- Subverting Sex
- Subverting Power
- Subversive Evangelism
Just think how much we would be noticed if we thought of others more than ourselves, or measured success by our faithfulness instead of our paychecks. What if we focused on giving instead of gaining wealth? What would the world think if we kept ourselves from the filth and excess of today's entertainment and rejoiced in sex only within marriage?
Holy Subversion looks deep into these issues and points the way towards making a difference. Needless to say, the arguments are both convicting and compelling. It will cause you take an inventory of your current state, which though painful, leads to repentance and sanctification.
You may not like what you see in yourself, but you will like what you see in this book!