Christianity Lite: More me-Less God by Glen Berteau
“In today’s culture, many people want ‘More me, less God.’
We need more than a diluted, decaffeinated version of discipleship.
We need the real thing.”
Glen Berteau alerts his readers to recent trends in western culture to trivialize or lighten everything. We eat lite foods and drink lite beverages. We are focused on reducing our responsibilities and adding more benefits. We want life to focus on us. We want our needs to be met. This philosophy of life is creeping into our churches to the point where we want a lite Jesus and a lite church. But does this viewpoint of life work? Is our relationship with Christ enriched and enhanced when we adopt this way of living? We don’t need imitation Christianity; we need the real thing, the real Jesus and the real God. If you want to experience the richness of a close relationship with Christ Jesus, this is the book for you.
The book is set up for individual study, small group study, and classes. But you can also read it through as you would any book on the topic of discipleship. Personally, I would use this for individual devotions, journal my thoughts after each section. There are eight chapters with review questions at the end of each chapter. Each chapter has many sections that can be adapted for daily devotional use. Scattered throughout each chapter are what I like to call, “truth bullets”. They are short statements that hit at the heart of the issue being covered in that chapter. Here are a few of my favorite bullets:
- “Here’s the truth: Jesus didn’t come to hurt you. He came to kill you.”
- “Jesus never altered his message to fit His audience.”
- “People can be very religious without being godly.”
- “God never wastes our past or our pain.”
The first chapter discusses and explains the “more me, less God” philosophy infiltrating our churches–the desire to have benefits without responsibility. What are these responsibilities we opt to live without? We want to be saved, but without power, without prayer, without cost, without offense, and without sharing. We want to be saved without making an impact on our world. “In Christianity Lite people talk often about the love of God. All the pious words and platitudes taste great, but they’re less filling–they don’t call people to a full-hearted devotion to Christ and His cause.”
The author’s writing style is clear and direct. He uses real life examples and numerous analogies to explain his points. He wants us to know that no one, absolutely no one is beyond God’s grace. His book calls us to serious discipleship, but he assures us that it isn’t what we do that wins God’s favor, but the attitudes of our heart. “If you’ve been drinking Christianity Lite, spit it out! God is tugging on your heart…throw your heart wide open. Stop demanding that Jesus dance to your tune, and begin living the adventure of risk and real blessing.” He explains that Christianity Lite promises we can live any way we want and do what we want. But the Biblical Jesus came to destroy sin, embarrass the flesh, insult the sinful nature, and transform our selfishness into humility and devotion to God. God’s intent is to transform us! Is this the desire of your heart?
Step by step, the author guides us through the necessary components of discipleship. He doesn’t mince words or avoid sensitive issues. He doesn’t get lost in theological rhetoric, but speaks plainly right to our hearts. I sincerely believe this study will help you move closer into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It has for me.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by the author through The Booketeria, a review service for Charisma House Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Whatever Happened to Discipleship? (dougmunton.com)