UNCOOL: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A BELIEVER AND HOW WE ARE MEANT TO TURN THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
Copyright 2017, OmoobaJesu Adetunji
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All Scripture quotations are from The Message Bible, unless stated otherwise.
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To All The Sons & Daughters.
A Brief Note To The Reader/Intro
I didn’t think that I would need to write a book within the next decade. I really didn’t. I’ve always thought I needed to practice more, grow a little older, wiser and more mature before I spoke at length about any topic – and I still believe that. I still believe that I have a lot of growing up to do and much more to learn but to be honest this book just had to come out, and it had to come out now. I felt God pressing it upon my heart so much so that I started to hear instructions and Bible verses and references for the content throughout my day. Sometimes even full sentences would come to me. It became a heavy burden. I began to think, ‘if I don’t do it, nobody else would’ and for some reason that possibility was unbearable. I also realized that I will always have some growing up to do. No matter how old I am, I will always have a lot to learn and so there is no point in postponing the inevitable.
Another reason for my reluctance to do this at first was that doing it would, in many ways, make me uncool. I would be forced to walk the talk of everything that I intended to write. Most writers often don’t have to do that; they can get away with telling people to do something while not doing it themselves but, for me, the act of writing this book in itself was one of rebellion to culture as a whole – and that makes up a large part of what the book is about. And even though I knew this was the right thing to do and have been following God for some years now, it still seemed like it was hitting too close to home. I didn’t want to be that uncomfortable just yet. We all feel this way from time to time. We don’t want to be the so-called ‘closed-minded-prudish-Jesus-junkie’ that doesn’t talk about anything besides the Bible. Because to be honest, that just isn’t cool. It isn’t going to get you any hip friends. You are not going to be liked, saying the least, and you are going to feel (at least physically and emotionally) alone most times. Even though in the church today we are being hipster and fun and cool with our Christian bracelets and shirts and tees and shoes and concerts and conferences, we are not doing the one thing we are called to do quite well. We are not doing and we are not being. This is what this book is about.
It is about being a doer – disturbing the system, countering culture, raising the standard, standing for Jesus, being uncool to the world and making them drop their jaws all the way to the floor, again and again and again till Jesus comes for us.
It is just as hard as it sounds, maybe even harder sometimes. Hard enough that you cannot do it without God. It is also exciting, necessary and the most rewarding calling of the human race. When people hear things like “we are meant to turn the world upside down”, they think of a large crowd, stages, grand platforms, speaking to thousands, feeding millions etc. It isn’t always that way. In fact it is much less (in grandeur not weight, power or relevance) than you would imagine. It’s not about lights, cameras and celebrity status (not that it’s wrong if God gives you that platform). It’s about the subtle things, the simple act of undivided devotion and surrender to God. When we commit in a relationship to God, that commitment breaks out a gushing spring of bountiful fruits. And these fruits; they don’t need to minister to a crowd to make a difference. They can, but it’s not a condition that must be met. All you need is one, if you get lucky maybe two, but all you need is one person. You don’t know how or when the Holy Spirit will use your words, your serving heart, your humility, your hospitality, your fervent prayers to bless another person. You are God’s partner in this business of homecoming so you must always be ready. You are His minister of reconciliation so everything that you do is supposed to be an act to reconcile, an act to shine God’s light. Like I said it has nothing to do with spotlights and glam but everything to do with being a representative of Christ and setting the tempo right, one casket heart after another. That’s what this is about.
There’s this letter I recently found on the internet from a man named Sol Lewitt, to his friend Eva (an artist I presume) who was having trouble creating; there’s a line from it that I want to leave you with. It goes like this:
Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO!
It is my deepest desire that this book sparks a fire in you that never dies and that you and I go on to discover and live out all that God has planned for us.
PS: I have a suggestion on how to read the book that you can either consider or ignore; read one chapter a day (there are only four chapters in all) so you can take your time to ruminate and let the things you read sink in.
PSS: I reference Paul a lot in this little book because he is a model of who a Christian should be and he was one of the men the people were referring to when they said in Acts 17:6 that the men who turned the world upside down were in that place. So if there’s anyone who knows about being uncool, it’s Paul. Plus, this book is drenched in scripture, because I believe the word has unequaled power, all on it’s own.