Alum Calls for “Crazy Christians”
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
The Right Reverend Michael Curry '75, the bishop of North Carolina, has written a new book, "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus." The book is a theological piece exuding the bishop's signature wisdom to the church with the goal of developing, recruiting and engaging "Crazy Christians."
"If you asked me what the Church needs today, I would say this: We need some crazy Christians! Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God - like Jesus. And for those who would follow him, those would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of God? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness," emphasizes Curry.
Throughout the book, Curry highlights the need for Christians to strive to be different in their thinking and actions, be confident and willing to do the impossible and prove the world wrong with immense faith and God's assurance of omnipresence. He clarifies this point in his book using Exodus Chapter 3, verse 12, "If you remember that story, Moses said something like, ‘Lord, are you crazy? Do you know who Pharaoh is? That's impossible!' But what did God say back to Moses? Just five words, but they were simple and they were clear: ‘I will be with you.'"
Curry continues, "We need some crazy Christians like Mary Magdalene and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Christians crazy enough to believe that God is real and that Jesus lives. Crazy enough to follow the radical way of the Gospel. Crazy enough to believe that the love of God is greater than all the powers of evil and death. Crazy enough to believe, as Dr. King often said, that though ‘the moral arc of the universe is long, it bends toward justice.' We need some Christians crazy enough to believe that children don't have to go to bed hungry; that the world doesn't have to be the way it often seems to be; that there is a way to lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside; that as the slaves used to sing, ‘There's plenty good room in my Father's kingdom,' because every human being has been created in the image of God, and we are all equally children of God and meant to be treated as such."
Born in Chicago, Ill., Curry has been bishop of North Carolina since 2000. He has a national preaching and teaching ministry, has been featured on The Protestant Hour and Day 1 and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He earned his B.A. in religious studies with honors from Hobart College. As a student, he was a member of the Hobart Student Association. He has received honorary degrees from Sewanee and Yale.