Shane Claiborne – “Irresistible Revolution” – Chapters 3 & 4

It is noted that Jonathan Sachs, Martin Luther King Jr, and Shane Claiborne all desired the act of Justice in the eyes of God. Although Sachs was primarily focused on the Judaist faith, Martin Luther King was fighting for racial equality, and Sachs was in search of Christianity, they each saw the necessity of justice for people. Sachs quotes in his plea for justice, in which it could be seen that each of these men stood for:

We are here to make a difference, to mend the fractures of the world, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make it a place of justice and compassion where the lonely are not alone, the poor not without help; where the cry of the vulnerable is heeded and those who are wronged are heard (Sach 5)

Shane Claiborne’s approach to community and justice was quite different than that of Sach and Martin Luther King Jr. due to his opportunity to dwell in two different areas of opposite spectrums. Having the ability to live, care, and love for the people of Calcutta, a “survival demanded community”, he also experienced a community that was deemed the “Harvard of Christian schools”, known as Willow Creek Community Church (Claiborne 77). Claiborne’s accessibility of travelling and coming from an extremely desolate place, to one that had “a food court on [its] mega church campus”, allowed him to experience abundance in a different way (81).

Claiborne refers to a quote by Kierkegaard that reads, “the minute we understand [the Bible], we are obliged to act accordingly” (63). From the beginning of Irresistible Revolution, Shane is seen searching for Christianity and miracles. Questions he asks himself like: Where are the real Christians? Where are the miracles? are ones that were answered upon his arrival to each area. The uncomfortable feeling that he felt in the transition from Calcutta to Willow Creek offered him the chance to see “God as lover” and “the love that lived in the radical Christ now lives within millions of ordinary radicals all over the planet” (97, 75). Claiborne was able to exercise his freedom of free travel, without being discriminated by others, to extend the power of community and remain just.


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