Swagger Defined: verb: How one presents him or her self to the world, To walk or behave in a way that is confident or aggressive in nature. To carry oneself in an insolent or supercilious manner (source: Google.com)
In the book Jesus Swagger by Jarrid Wilson he defines swagger a little differently than the dictionary definition of the word swagger. In the introduction of the book he defines swagger as: “A person’s style— the way they walk, talk, dress.” (p. xvi Jesus Swagger.) I must admit that the Title of this book threw me off. I found I have certain connotations that go along with the word swagger that more closely match Google’s definition than Jarrid Wilson’s definition, especially “insolent or supercilious manner’ part. Because of that I struggled to get myself to actually start reading this book.
I am glad that I did finally get started, because Jarrid Wilson has a lot of really great material that he covers in his book Jesus Swagger.
Over all Jarrid Wilson is calling out poser Christians. You know who I am talking about, those people who go to church and look the part. They have all the right words to say, and they look like they are Christians, but their lives seem to morph and change depending upon who they are around. When they are around certain people they act in a way to fit in regardless of whether it matches the life Jesus has called us to live or not, but when they are at church they are talking and acting much differently.
Jarrid challenges us to stop pretending to be a believer in Jesus Christ and become a true FOLLOWER of Jesus Christ; basically telling us to live our lives the way Jesus told us to live our lives. Over the years I have heard people over and over again quote Gandhi, and his views on Jesus and Christians. Jarrid Wilson puts it this way:
“ What are observers supposed to think? Gandhi is often quoted as saying, ‘I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.’ Ouch. That hurts. But hey! He just said what everyone else was thinking. From the outside looking in, all he could see was a group of individuals who were unlike the God they were claiming to reflect. How can we let this go on, when we could be the ones to stop it?” (page xix– Introduction Jesus Swagger)
I think that this trend of posing as a Christian isn’t as much of an issue in some parts of the country as others, but it is a big problem here in the south.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Once I got over my preconceived ideas about the title, and really listened to what the author was saying, I found my self cheering him on. These words need to be said.
This past week in Charleston we are watching Christians behave like Christians. We are seeing families who have been torn apart by a horrible act of violence, and instead of responding in kind, they forgave that young man. It has been a huge light shining God’s glory to the entire country. This is what we as Christians are supposed to do, the hard things, the painful things that cost us. Our job is not to reflect our own feelings, agenda and plans, but instead reflect Jesus Christ to a dying world. Are we going to have the courage of those who lost so much at Emanuel AME church? I pray I will be able to reflect Jesus so well. This book is needed. I believe a time is coming and is already here in parts of the world where cozy, comfy Christians won’t exist. If you call yourself a Christian one day you may die for that claim. Many of our brothers and sisters all over the world already are, what makes you think you are exempt? Jarrid Wilson’s challenge to be who God is calling us to be is a vital message that we all need to hear.
I want to encourage you to get this book, and really think about what the author has to say. The book is an easy read, and one that contains a vital message.
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