“Bold as Love” by Bob Roberts, Jr, book review
Bob Roberts is an evangelical pastor of a mega church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. But during overseas travel he was challenged to overcome the racial barriers that exist between different religions in his back yard. So began a journey to lead his congregation to explore and love people of other congregations in the D/FW area to become friends.
“I liked the concept of multifaith better, which says we have fundamental differences, but the best of our faiths teach us we should get along.” (pg 19).
Roberts organized joint gatherings between the muslim and jewish congregations, along with his church (So Baptist) to build some bridges and friendships. The only rule was that they do not discuss theology because all groups have fundamental differences that cannot be reconciled.
Over the months these groups began some smaller subgroups that helped to build friendships. One of the more successful was a women’s cooking group, where they exchanged recipes from their ethnic backgrounds and became friends. No men were allowed, so the muslim women could be very comfortable and did not have to wear their head/ face coverings.
Roberts also describes how Christians are viewed by these other religious and ethnic groups in the US and around the world. A common misconception in the US is that all middle eastern men are terrorists. In the middle east, Americans are often viewed as terrorists. Roberts seeks to remedy that idea.
The Bold as Love idea is summed up in the following quote:
“Never kill in the name of God- if anything, we should lose our lives- Ours is a faith that martyrs have given their lives for, allowing others to kill them because they refuse Christ and his kingdom. This is bold love.” (pg. 171)
This book is quite challenging! After I read it I have pondered the ideas that Roberts endorses and have been wondering how this will change my worldview. Do not read this book if you do not want to begin to see the world and your neighborhood in a different way. Be ready to be challenged.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.