July 2, 2016
Christian - Philosophy
Hypocrisy. “The practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform” (Wikipedia, 2023).
Christians are said to believe in Jesus Christ as their savior. They are taught to live a life as close to Jesus as possible following two very simple rules: 1) Love God, 2) Love others. So why are there so many hypocrites living on this earth?
In Michael Marty’s Being Untwisted, he, along with eight of his coworkers from the radio station KLUV, dig into this very question. Through multiple essays, written from each of their perspectives, they challenge everyone (Christians and Gentiles alike) to ask themselves if you live a life of love.
Given the almost perfect spelling and grammar, along with the limited amount of profanity and sexual content, one would think this would be an interesting read. Regrettably, this is not the case. The whole book can be summed up in a few words… we are all hypocrites, if you filter living through love, a better world will be the result, so get to it and be the change needed. Toss in a large dose of betrayal at the end, and a generous 3 out of 5 stars is given.
Overall, Being Untwisted could have been a great source of self-reflection and deep theoretical insight. Unfortunately, the story never got close to reaching that mark.
Please note, many aspects of wrongdoings are mentioned within the pages. Therefore, if any of the following may cause concern please read with caution: alcohol consumption, sexual exploitation, rape, murder, betrayal, theft, adultery, homelessness, abuse, malnutrition, gangs, drugs, prostitution, war, hypocrisy, corruption, incarceration, depression, divorce, AIDS, suicide attempts, anxiety.