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Upside-Down Kingdom, The: Updated Edition Paperback – August 1, 2011
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I agree with much of what Kraybill says about being more careful of what we do with the wealth that God has entrusted to us. Jesus commanded us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to those without, visit the sick; these are things that Christians need to get better at doing (myself included). These are needs that if not met will results in death. However in my understanding of his text (specifically Ch 6), Kraybill seems to suggest that Christians aught to redistribute their wealth to the poor (even if the basic needs mentioned above have been met). I dont think Jesus intended us to take 40% of our salary and give it to someone who has these needs met, but is just not as comfortable as the middle class. Jesus chided the rich man for not helping poor Lazarus find a home to live in and food to eat.
I agree with Kraybill that the gospel is not just about thoughts and agreements, but about doing; however, his text has some sections which seem to be too heavily influenced by secular sociology.
Mr. Kraybill is Mennonite and the theme of passive non-violent resistance is elucidated through his setting forth the Kingdom of God as being a dynamic presence for good now and not at some future time. The Jesus of this writing is not some absolutist figure concerned with just the the hereafter destiny of humanity; he represents a God of justice, compassion, and strength who is intimately involved in the revelation of the whole of creation made in His image and likeness, as set forth in the first chapter of Genesis. Kraybill sees salvation as including the very practical and and tangible expression of divinity made manifest in humanity and in the establishment of an equitable and just society. A thought provoking and ideal changing read for any individual passionate for equanimity and social justice and reform.
The Discussion Questions in the back of the book bring the Upside-down Kingdom ... right side up!