Rating 3.5 Stars
Because God is for all of us and God is love. Would love be a better motivation for faithfulness? Conformity to rules doesn’t last. Being coerced into obedience gets tiresome and burdensome. Love is what leads to lasting life change. Because God is for the rest of us; it doesn’t mean sin is ok. What it does mean that our hearts need to change that we realize that we need salvation. It means God is for everyone and everyone needs to experience God’s unconditional life changing love starting with us.
It starts with us. How does a sinner love another sinner? It’s not easy because we usually get in the way of what God has done for us by loving us. This book is a great reminder of that and how we can love others well. Antonucci’s own experiences come into play. Not growing up in a Christian home, he has a perspective that many might miss. He knows where he came from and he also sees how far he has come. Taking biblical accounts and people from his church in Las Vegas, he compares how God is for the drug addict, the prostitute, the pimp, the cross dresser, even the hypocrite.
For those that have been in the church for awhile, it is a different perspective and calls us to mission. For the one who may not feel that God is for you, it is a call to soften your heart to God’s call to draw near to Him. Don’t play the blame game and using others actions to declare that God is not for you. He is! And as a follower of Christ, begin to serve and love those that don’t know him.
I am somewhat conflicted because even though the gospel was displayed, it was not evenly displayed. For me, I do need to be reminded of the love of God for myself and for others and applicable ways to live that out. I appreciated how Antonucci’s heart lives that out and encourages others as well. What fell short for me that the many attributes of God was not addressed along with the love of God. It is God’s holiness that expresses God’s love. It is God’s justice that expresses God’s love. It is God’s wrath that expresses God love. It is our need that expresses God’s love. Our rejection of God is a heart issue, not an intellect issue, or a victim issue, or even a misunderstanding of God’s love for us. Know that I am God is terrifying and encouraging when we rest in His love for us.
A Special Thank You to Tyndale House and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.