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Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World Paperback – January 24, 1995
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If you want a book that adds fire to the protests, boycotts, and score keeping that some Christians partake in.... THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! This book will show you were Christians have dropped the ball in areas of literature, movies, TV, journalism, etc. AND give you great ideas to change these mediums by asking you to get involved and provide God honoring alternatives.
The late Bob Briner's "Roaring Lambs" is a book that should be necessary reading for any Christian seeking to fulfill the Great Commission in contemporary America.
"Roaring Lambs" focuses on our calling to fulfill the Lord's commission; specifically by being salt and light in our culture. Briner firmly but lovingly condemns the "ghetto" that many Christians have created for themselves by withdrawing into their own subculture. He states:
"We feel we are making a difference because we are so important to ourselves. We have created a phenomenal subculture with our own media, entertainment, educational system, and political hierarchy so that we have a sense that we're doing a lot. But what we've really done is create a ghetto that is easily dismissed by the rest of society."
Briner sums up the problem this way: "Culturally, we are lambs. Meek, lowly, easily dismissed cuddly creatures that are fun to watch but never a threat to the status quo."
Thankfully, Briner does not argue that we should mindlessly lob grenades at society from within the safety of the ghetto's walls--far too many do that already. Instead, Briner states that we must engage in the discourse of our culture. Christians must involve themselves in the culture shaping arenas of art, entertainment, the media and education. In short:
"It is time for the lambs to roar.Read more ›
The basic premise of this book is that we are called to be "salt and light" in the world, and are instead often just sitting on the sidelines having abandoned the opportunity for a spiritual influence in music, films, TV, and the arts. The church has become nothing more than a sub culture producing work by us, for us, and to us. Little of this work transcends the boundary and makes its way into mainstream consciousness. This is not only a missed opportunity, but is directly opposed to what we are called to do.
The typical Christian reaction to Hollywood is to protest and speak out against some of the trash that is produced. While many of these films and TV shows are little more than advertisements for violence and moral depravity, and deserve the negative reactions they receive, where is the alternative? Where are the Christian men and women in Hollywood? Where are the films and TV shows that uplift family values and glorify God? While there are some examples, they are few and far between. The saying "nature abhors a vacuum" applies to the evil present in much of what Hollywood produces. When we abandon the culture we live in, and create our own separate subculture, the result is that the values shown in the films will be filled in by those whose own beliefs contradict the Gospel message of Love, Grace, and Hope.Read more ›
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Shipping was fairly slow. It took two weeks after I ordered to arrive. But the book is great!! It's such a good read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by afrisco01
Definitely an eye-opener and I htink there is a lot of truth here - delivered by someone who has lived in the trenches.Published 5 months ago by Roger Johanson
Tough to review. He makes some good points about how we as Christians should influence the world by competing on the world's terms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by foto51dude
Very good advise for anyone who feels alienated by their church for ignoring occupations that could serve GodPublished 10 months ago by Sasquatch
Doesn't age as well as some books but If you are Christian then this a great book especially for my generation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Brogan Wassell
This book was revolutionary when it was written and it still is! It is so easy for faith to become compartmentalized and packaged neatly and conveniently into Sunday mornings or a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kerry ONeill
As Christians, we have fallen down on the job. This book reminds us that we are to be the salt of the earth. We should be shaping culture, not running from it! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jessk77
The author clearly states that if Christians are to impact the culture it will not be through pointing out shortcomings and negatives. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stan Schug