Book Review: Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Care, by Kenny Luck
“How can it be that there are hundreds of millions of ‘Christian me’ and yet Jesus’ church is virtually indistinguishable from the larger culture when it comes to delivering God’s justice?”
For author Kenny Luck, the answer is a no brainer. Men have lost their spine. The author wants to help men regain their manhood by following the example of Jesus.
Jesus Christ entered a broken-male culture not unlike the ones that foster so much pain today. He promptly started breaking the rules. He was dangerous with his goodness. He had a spine. He spoke with the Samaritan woman. He had a spine. He told the disciples to let the children come. He had a spine. He defended the woman caught in adultery and stood between her and stones. He had a spine. The touched the physically unacceptable. He had a spine. He touched the ethnically unacceptable. He had a spine. He associated with the morally unacceptable. He had a spine.
The author explains the title of the book in the introduction. He quotes Luke 4:18-19 which itself is a quote from Isaiah 61:1-3.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed, To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.
Jesus announced to His community that He had been weaponized by the Spirit of God to be dangerous with goodness. He would start crossing cultural lines and breaking the rules of broken-male culture whenever God’s will or God’s Word called for it.
Jesus’ proclamation is ground zero of the dangerous good movement. Male culture changes over time and across cultures, but the core of it is constant: It has always been broken, just as it’s always been male. Men, enticed away or wandering off from the identity given to them by God, seek a secure identity in non-gods, which then gradually take over their expression of their masculinity, which causes others to suffer.
But the same Spirit that came upon Christ, and came out of Him in words and dangerously good actions, is now at work in you.
Rather than settling for what comes easy or natural, the author wants to challenge men to rise up and be dangerous with goodness. The book deals with the concepts of identity, morality, community, dignity, legacy, relevancy, ferocity, visibility, fervency, and bravery. The author combines biblical teaching, personal illustrations, historical examples, and current events in presenting his concepts. The book will help men rediscover who and what God has called them to be.
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