I had delayed reading this book, knowing it would change me. When I finally garnered the courage, there was no going back. I began seeing God's command to care for the sick, the lame, the orphans, the homeless, the poor, and the widows in a completely differently light. What if we took the Bible literally? Wouldn't this be it's message?
"For I was hungry, while you had all you needed and more. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved."
God does not have different levels of compassion on his children based on their geographic location, their nationality, or their language. God loves EVERY one of his children, and we are to do the same. This is where Stearns proclaims that our gospel has a hole in it. We as Christians have accepted salvation, but stopped there. We have forgotten that faith requires work.
I can't recommend this book enough. You'll see the world differently, and as Christians we need our eyes opened to our earthly responsibilities.
Outside of the Bible, I think this is the most important book I have ever read. It is the kind of book that changes the way you see everything else. I think everyone in America and Canada should read "The Hole in our Gospel:What Does God Expect of Us?" It is good to reflect on what God expects, and then also to reflect on His power to enable humans to do what He expects.
I am just in the beggining of the book, but have already been challenged beyond my comfort zone. After previewing the book, I knew I would be challenged to evaluate my faith in Christ and put hands and feet to my theology.
This book was suggested to me--highly! Can't put it down, as it's very convicting. I was only going to read a few pages to begin with and found myself on page 50!! Sure makes one think about the purpose in their life and what are they doing to influence (even in very small ways) others for Christ. I know a pastor who bought a copy for every family in his congregation. Then he had a series of sermons on it. Richard Stearns (author) is very credible with the stories he leads us into. Amazing book!
I put off reading the book for 6 months, believing it to be an advertisement for World Vision. Instead I found it to be life changing in my ideals and beliefs, biblically speaking. It is full of God's truth and His perspective and value of human life.