What does an ordinary christian look like? You might think that an ordinary christian looks rather ordinary, lives ordinarily and acts ordinarily. However, If we really live our lives faithful to what Jesus has taught us, our ordinary christian lives, might not be that ordinary at all.
Tony Merida has written a book to show christians what it means to be an ordinary christian. You might be wondering why Merida should write a book on being “ordinary” as opposed to be being “extraordinary”. But after reading this book, you will find that simply being an ordinary christian makes us extraordinary in the world.
Merida brings to attention five traits that are often overlooked or neglected in our christian walk. This is important as these are the traits that the first christians displayed in when they became christians. This was what made them so different from their non-christian counterpart.
The first trait Merida raised was humility. In a day and age where there is a lot of emphasis on self-promotion, Merida reminds us that humility is really one of the marks of a true christian. Merida shows the readers that unless christians depend fully on God, they will not be able to accomplish anything based not their own efforts.
Following which Merida brings across the remaining 4 traits — hospitality; caring for the orphans; speaking up for the voiceless and showing neighbourly love to the people around us — in the context of social justice. Merida reminds the readers that these are not things that only extraordinary christians do, but these are what christians should have already been doing. Merida shows the readers that the bible teaches these truths and we are far too lax in keeping them. Merida brings the readers through different stories to help the readers visualise the scenes he has seen. This helps the readers understand the situation the world is in, and also highlights the need for us to act and to act fast!
Even though it is clear that we may not be able to eradicate these problems, Merida reminds us that we ought to be christlike in our thoughts, speeches and in actions. I am thankful that Merida has raised these issues for the ordinary christians, and I agree with him that theses are things that the ordinary christians should have been doing, and should continue to be doing.
I hope families and church will read this book and see how they can be doing social justice just through ordinary means, in faithful obedience to our Lord and Saviour.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review