Do you recognize this guy? No he is not the guy who was asking you for spare change last week on your way to work, he is Shane Claiborne. Claiborne is a young Evangelical leader involved in monastic movements and helping Christians think more holistically about their faith, this includes not being lock step with one political party or another. His most recent book, Jesus For President, has become quite popular as a rallying cry for younger Evangelicals who want to consider issues such as the environment, social justice, health care, and taxes instead of just abortion and gay marriage.
CNN has a nice cover article on Claiborne and those who want consider how the Lordship of Jesus should effect not just where we spend an hour on Sunday mornings. Many will read Claiborne and dismiss him as a utopian idealist, thinking that what he and his followers is advocating is to extreme and unrealistic. After all, how many of us will ever participate in communal living or forsake almost all earthly possessions? Not many of us. But I think to wave Claiborne so easily aside is a mistake. While I do not agree with all of his ideas or all the ways he thinks we must live out our Christian faith; I am sure of his authenticity, love for others, and passion for God. Voices like Claiborne are good for all of us to hear and should be allowed ample room in all of our cushy lives to convict and stir up new possibilities of what it would look like for us to more seriously live out the Kingdom of God.
Oh yeah his previous book, Irresistible Revolution is amazing, though it does get somewhat repetitive the last 50 pages. All of you should read it and be ready for God to rock your world.