Book Review of Keith Giles book: Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb.
I first wanted to read this book when I read this from the back cover:
“You can’t convert a culture that has already converted you.”
This point is essential, especially for us in America who are currently in the midst of great political & religious tension. Christians and Non-Christians are searching for clarity and Keith’s book can help, while also bringing a corresponding challenge. Keith reveals that this is what the Kingdom of God naturally does. It challenges our much of our faulty religious and cultural conditioning, while asking us to be transformed in order to embrace the dangerous freedom Jesus invites us to.
This book will be beneficial for the Non-Christians who have had some of the best critique for the Church in America. It will also be beneficial for Christians who want to wrestle with what it means to be faithful to Jesus in a world where things are often done much differently than God intends, yet often in God’s name. Others will certainly be upset with this material as it challenges deeply rooted assumptions. These are all normal responses to the cognitive dissonance that is often experienced when people truly wrestle with this message, even by those who accept it.
There were some parts of the book that I disagreed with, as I am not completely against politics, which seems to come across in some of Keith’s points. In the progressive unfolding of our humanity, the Spirit certainly works within politics, not because God wants to, but because God will always work with what we have, even if it is dysfunctional. They key point here is that God’s heart is always trying to work within our dysfunctional narratives in order to set us free from them, so we continue to learn how to love ALL of humanity as God does. This said, I certainly agree with Keith’s heart behind this message because it is on track for us to be most faithful to a better understanding of Scripture, and to God’s actual nature as perfectly revealed in Jesus.
Keith brings good clarity to all this in multiple different ways, both from history and the present.
Overall, this is an important book. It helps bring context and clarity to God’s nature and ways that often defy the laws and agendas of politics and religion, while embracing humanity outside the walls of social class, politics, tribalism, violence, and status quo. It helps us become untangled from the mess of compromise that gets defended in the name of God. It helps us understand the foundation upon which the Kingdom of God and Unconditional Love actually advances in our world. Be challenged and enjoy the process, as this book will show you at least one thing that needs to be untangled in your perspective of God.
I received this book from SpeakEasy in exchange for my honest review. You can get the book by clicking through the link below the picture of the book cover above.