A Must Read: The Insanity of Obedience
Last year, the book The Insanity of God debuted and impacted the lives of many readers. Author Nik Ripken reflected on his time in Somalia, and what he had learned. He describes one scene in particular where numerous Somalis were lined up to receive food aid, in a line which seemed to last forever. These individuals were so desperate for any form of food to fill their malnourished bodies that they were willing to obey anything that the military officials said. They knew not to bring weapons or move without being told to. On that day, amidst the crowd of empty, emotionless faces stood a twelve year old boy with a gun strapped around his shoulder. When the military officials saw the gun, they ordered him to back away. The boy did not understand what they were saying, and the military officials shot him right there on the spot (for they didn’t know if he planned to shoot anyone). As the child lay dying, the faces in the line remained empty and emotionless. The author reflected on this moment, noting that a child had been shot in broad daylight and nobody seemed to be affected by this. They just went along with what they were doing. The author was devastated by the hopelessness he saw in this country, yet was amazed when he met with Christians who still had hope in spite of dismal surroundings or ongoing persecution. As a result, he made it his mission to go around the world to meet with Christians who were persecuted for their faith. The Insanity of God is a collection of these stories, showing how the gospel message still prevails in some of the darkest places on earth. The Insanity of Obedience is a follow-up to this powerful book. Nik Ripken exposes the danger of safe Christianity, and calls readers to something greater. “All Christian disciples have one thing in common: as they carry the gospel across the ocean and across the street, persecution will become the norm for those who choose to follow Jesus,” he says. “How believers respond in the face of persecution reveals everything about their level of faith and obedience.” Ripken notes that some of Jesus’ instructions sound uncomfortable and are potentially dangerous. We may be initially encouraged by His declaration, “I am sending you out.” But how are we to respond when He then tells us that He is sending us out “like sheep among wolves”? Be sure to order your copy of The Insanity of Obedience to be challenged in a whole new way. The Insanity of Obedience is available at the Open Doors Online Store.