Jim Wallis - The Call to Conversion

The betrayal of the biblical call to conversion has occurred across the theological spectrum. The gospel must be preached in the context. We live in one of the most self-centered cultures in history. Our economic system is the social rationalization of personal selfishness. Self-fulfillment and individual advancement have become our chief goals. The leading question of the times is, "How can I be happy and satisfied?" Not surprisingly, our self-centered culture has produced a self-centered religion. Preoccupation with self dominates the spirit of the age and shapes the character of religion. Modern evangelism has played right along with this central theme. The most common question in evangelism today is, "What can Jesus do for me?"

The gospel message has been molded to suit an increasingly narcissistic culture. Conversion is proclaimed as the road to self-realization. Whether through evangelical piety or liberal therapy, the role of religion is presented as a way to help us uncover out human potential - our potential for personal, social and business success, that is. We are told Jesus is here to help us to do better that which we are already doing. Jesus doesn't change our lives, he improves them. Conversion is just for ourselves, not the world. We ask how Jesus can fulfill our lives, not how we might serve the kingdom.

Italics were added as this is the line I deeply resonated with.

I do not know about you, but I desire a Jesus that changes my life. I desire a Jesus who calls me to turn everything I know upside down. I desire a Jesus to disrupt the status quo. I desire a Jesus to lead the world to an uncomfortable place, so we might discover the Kingdom.

I desire a Jesus whom I can work for and work with.