Book Review: Saving the Saved: How Jesus saves us from try-harder Christianity into performance-free love, by Bryan Loritts
Moralism is the pervading belief that if we do enough good things, we will arrive and receive God’s approval. “Be true to yourself and don’t harm others, and the meaning, value, and significance are at your fingertips—or so we think.” Once you adopt that approach, it naturally leads to meritocracy, the idea that the world should be led by those who rise highest on the merit scale. We esteem
those who have earned the most and performed the best. We are enamored with people’s educational resumes, athletic prowess, and trophy cases. We measure people’s worthy by the size of their churches, number of championships won, and albums sold. And in a social media age, I can actually quantify my performance based on how many followers I have and likes I get.
While we expect this attitude in the world, we are surprised to discover it has crept into the church as well.
Pastor and author Bryan Loritts has written Saving the Saved: How Jesus saves us from try-harder Christianity into performance-free love in an attempt to free people from the repeated attempt to earn God’s love and approval through performance. Tracing the message of grace through the gospel of Matthew, he shows how Jesus releases us from the pressure of performance and encourages us to abide.
The gospel of Matthew is the good news written to good people like us to whom Jesus says tenderly, “You can stop your trying now. You can drop the performance. Put it all aside—do you feel that burden lifting?—and come, abide in me.
The author blends biblical exposition with life related illustrations from sports, movies, books, political figures, and real life. The book is well-written, thought provoking, and encouraging. It is well worth reading.
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