Monday, April 09, 2007
Shane Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to hear Shane Claiborne speak about the way God is currently using him in Philadelphia. Shane lives on the north side of Philly in a community known as The Simple Way Community. Basically, Shane live in a community with many people considered poor and homeless. Many of the community members grow food, make clothes and one of the communities is making Veggie Fuel (an alternative fuel). This was an eye opening lecture series hosted by Texas State because throughout Shane’s lecture all his reasoning came directly from scripture. He proposed alternative economics and social structure based on what the New Testament says. Many of the thoughts and ideas are hard for many Americans who strive for the “American Dream.” Often times we forget about the poor, enslaved and homeless.
Where do your clothes come from?
One story that stands out in my mind is of a little boy who worked in a sweat shop (yes, they still exist). The boy had a scar across his face, from forehead to chin. Shane described the boy to be about 12 or 14 years old. The boy said that his master had beaten him and wanted him to continue his work in the textile factory, but did not what the boy to bleed on the fabrics. Instead of giving him the day off, a towel, or even a band-aid, the master took a lighter and burned the gash on his face back together. I wasn’t even there, but I will never forget this story.
Some notable quotes:
"We worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday.” referring to Jesus
"It's very fashionable for us as Christians to talk about the poor, but not too the poor. If we really care about poor people, we know the names of poor people."
Claiborne talks about his many experiences in his book entitled, “Irresistible Revolution." He made many challenging statements and some challenges can only be met with complete lifestyle change. I have already been effected by his words by simply evaluating what I need to buy and what I want to buy. Have a blessed day.