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Publication Date: 2010
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Wesley Vander Lugt5 Stars Out Of 5September 8, 2010Wesley Vander LugtThis book expands how we might normally think about hypocrisy. Rather than focusing merely on moral or ethical issues surrounding hypocrisy and authenticity, Baker examines a wide range of areas in which Christians tend to fake it instead of keeping it real.Baker focuses on how authenticity is the goal for Christian communities and not just for individuals. In fact, authentic Christian communities are those that allow individuals to authentically and passionately pursue God. Hypocrisy at its core is a self-centered approach to life, whereas authenticity is radically God-centered.Readers will admire Baker for practicing what he preaches and modeling authenticity within these pages. It seems slightly ironic, however, that Baker critiques role-playing and merely performing the Christian life in several places, while also affirming the unique roles Christians have within the body of Christ and the obedience to Christ which is another kind of pressure to act a certain way. Baker and many other Christians often link performance with hypocrisy, but we must recognize that even authentic Christian living is a performance, one in which we are called to put on our Christ clothes (Col 3:12-14) and play a particular role within the church according to the Spirits gifting (1 Cor 12). Christians are indeed invited to enact performance art for Jesus, although these performances are about becoming who we already are in Christ rather than pretending to be somebody else.Despite this slight critique, Jesus for Liars presents a compelling vision for authentic Christian living for recovering hypocrites: those who want to become more like Christ without faking it.
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