AM I BEING CONVERTED?
UNLEAVENED BREAD CAFE BOOK. Our Wednesday morning roundtable at Unleavened Bread Cafe is working our way through Shane Claiborne's book Irresistible Revolution. Claiborne and friends facilitate an intentional community in Philadelphia called The Simple Way and the book is a story of their journey so far. Here's a quote I highlighted to the group this morning:
NO LONGER CONFORMING. "Conversion means to change, to alter, after which something looks different than it did before--like conversion vans or converted currency. We need converts in the best sense of the word, people who are marked by the renewing of their minds and imaginations, who no longer conform to the pattern that is destroying our world. Otherwise, we have only believers, and believers are a dime-a-dozen nowadays. What the world needs is people who believe so much in another world that they cannot help but begin enacting it now."
SHOW US TRUE CONVERSION. "Then we will start to see some true conversion vans--vehicles that run on veggie oil instead of diesel. Then we will see some converted homes--fueled by renewable energy--and laundry machines powered by stationary bicycles and toilets flushed with dirty sink water. Then we will see tears converted to laughter as people beat their swords into plowshares and weld their machine guns into saxophones, and as police officers use their billy clubs to play baseball."
PRACTICE RESURRECTION. "For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death."
SCHOOLS OF CONVERSION. "There is the kind of conversion that happens to people not because of how we talk but because of how we live. And our little experiments in truth become the schools for conversion, where folks can learn what it means for the old life to be gone and the new life to be upon us, no longer taking the broad path that leads to destruction. Conversion is not an event but a process, a process of slowly tearing ourselves from the clutches of the culture."