Matthew Clanahan; ISFJ; 25-year-old graduate student; Learning Support Specialist and adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College; Bachelor's of Science in Mass Media/Radio with a minor in math from Southeast Missouri State University; Apple enthusiast; total geek; coffee connoisseur; flannel lover, multiple-instrument musician; drummer for Berlin Airlift; caffeine addict; LGBT ally; Christ follower; ordinary radical

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…Poverty wasn’t created by God. God didn’t mess up and make too many people or not enough stuff. Poverty was created by us because we really haven’t lived into His vision of loving our neighbor as ourselves and of really understanding that someone else’s suffering needs to be mine and it demands something of us. When you have a massive disparity between the rich and the poor, that is unsustainable.

Shane Claiborne (via voirencouleurderose)

Lots of talk about minimum wage. What about maximum wage? Average CEO making $7000 per hour—that’s 400 times more than the average worker.

Shane Claiborne


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Beware counterfeit gospels. Beware the false gospel of America’s civil religion, which proclaims America as God’s messianic force to be reckoned with, which proclaims America as a divine beacon of light to the world, the last best hope on earth. Beware ‘God bless America’ Christianity, and let us remember that the Bible never says God so loved America, but that God so loved the world. If it does not have Jesus and the cross at the center, it is not the gospel of our Lord. Also beware the self-centered, blessing-obsessed gospel of prosperity, which is about what we can get from God. Be careful, amid all the terrible Christian books obsessed with finding our life and becoming a better you, that we do not lose the secret at the heart of Jesus—which is if you want to find your life you’ve got to give it away. We are made to live for something bigger than ourselves, the kingdom of God. If the gospel we hear is not good news to the poor, then it is not the gospel of Christ.

Shane Claiborne, in Letters to a Future Church: Words of Encouragement and Prophetic Appeals

Jesus is ready to set us free from the heavy yoke of an oppressive way of life. Plenty of wealthy Christians are suffocating from the weight of the American dream, heavily burdened by the lifeless toil and consumption we embrace. This is the yoke from which we are being set free. And as we are liberated from the yoke of global capitalism, our sisters and brothers in Guatemala, Liberia, Iraq, and Sri Lanka will also be liberated. Our family overseas, who are making our clothes, growing our food, pumping our oil, and assembling our electronics—they too need to be liberated from the empire’s yoke of slavery. Their liberation is tangled up with our own. The new yoke isn’t easy. (It’s a cross, for heaven’s sake.) But we carry it together, and it is good and leads us to rest, especially for the weariest traveler.

Shane Claiborne, Jesus for President (via hislivingpoetry)

I believe in a God of scandalous grace. If I believed terrorists were beyond redemption, I would need to rip out half of my New Testament Scriptures, for they were written by a converted terrorist.
I have pledged allegiance to a King who loved evildoers so much he died for them, teaching us that there is something worth dying for but nothing worth killing for. While terrorists were nailing him to the cross, my Jesus pleaded that they be shown mercy, for they knew not what they were doing. We are all wretched, and we are all beautiful. No one is beyond redemption. May we see in the hands of the oppressors our own hands, and in the faces of the oppressed our own faces. We are made of the same dust, and we cry the same salty tears.

Shane Claiborne  (via yesdarlingido)

Right after 9/11, I asked a kid in my neighborhood what we should do in response. His answer: “Those people did something very wrong…” He thought pensively and continued, “But two wrongs don’t make a right.” As Martin Luther King taught us, you cannot fight fire with fire, you only get a bigger fire. You fight fire with water. You fight violence with nonviolence. You fight hatred with love. As a Christian, a follower of Jesus the Prince of Peace, I am deeply troubled about the possibility of a military response to the violence in Syria. Jesus consistently teaches us another way to respond to evil, a third way – neither fight nor flight. He teaches that evil can be opposed without being mirrored, oppressors resisted without being emulated, enemies neutralized without being destroyed. I am praying that the nonviolent imagination of Jesus and MLK would move the leaders of our country and our world to find another way forward than violence. When I heard US military leaders calculating the collateral damage of an attack on Syria (“classified” information), something feels terribly wrong. Christ once scolded his own disciple who tried to use the sword to protect him. After healing the wounded persecutor, he said to Peter, “If you pick up the sword you will die by the sword. Put your sword back.” Over and over we have tried to use the sword – in Iraq, in Afghanistan, now possibly in Syria… and the sword has failed. The cure becomes as bad as the disease. When we fight fire with fire, we only get a bigger fire, and a bigger mess. Two wrongs do not make a right.

And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of - lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.

Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as and Ordinary Radical (via ageoftreason)

For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.

Shane Claiborne (via ryankozycz)

When we pray for the hungry, let’s remember to feed them. When we pray for the unborn, let’s welcome single mothers and adopt abandoned children. When we give thanks for creation, let’s plant a garden and buy locally grown fruits and veggies. When we remember the poor, let’s reinvest our money in micro-lending programs. When we pray for peace, let’s beat our swords into plowshares and turn military budgets into programs of social uplift. When we pray for an end to crime, let’s visit those in prison. When we pray for lost souls, let’s be gracious to the souls who’ve done us wrong.

John Perkins & Shane Claiborne [FOLLOW ME TO FREEDOM]

Let’s do more, not say more. Let’s be the change, not look for change.

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There is a commonly mistranslated verse where Jesus tells the disciples, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…For my yoke is good and my burden is light.’ People take that to mean if we come to Jesus, everything will be easy. (The word good is often mistranslated as ‘easy’). Ha, that’s funny. My life was pretty easy before I met Jesus. In one sense, the load is lighter because we carry the burdens of the world together. But He is still telling us to pick up a yoke. Yoke had a lot of different meanings. It was the tool used for harnessing animals for farming. It was the word used for taking on a rabbi’s teaching (as Jesus seems to use it here). Yoke was also the word used for the brutal weight of slavery and oppression that the prophets call on us to break (Isaiah 58, among other passages). One of the things I think Jesus is doing is setting us free from the heavy yoke of an oppressive way of life. I know plenty of people, both rich and poor, who are suffocating from the weight of the American dream, who find themselves heavily burdened by the lifeless toil and consumption we put upon our lives. This is the yoke we are being set free from. The new yoke is still not easy (it’s a cross, for heaven’s sake), but we carry it together, and it is good and leads us to rest, especially for the weariest traveler.

Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical  (via stephaniesearches)

We are reminded of a letter we got from someone on death row. He wrote to us to share that he was a living testimony against the myth of redemptive violence, the idea that violence can bring redemption or peace. This fellow on death row shared that the family of his victim argued that he should not be killed for what he did, that he was not beyond redemption, and as a result, he did not receive the death penalty for his crime. “That gave me a lot of time to think about grace,” he said. And he became a Christian in prison. Another story of scandalous love and grace.

So even as we see the horror of death, may we be reminded that in the end, love wins. Mercy triumphs. Life is more powerful than death. And even those who have committed great violence can have the image of God come to life again within them as they hear the whisper of love. May the whisper of love grow louder than the thunder of violence. May we love loudly.

Jesus for President, Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw (via stephaniesearches)

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The contradictions in evangelicalism are clear. Take divorce, for example, a sin Jesus spoke clearly about. The divorce rate of evangelical Christians now surpasses that of the rest of the population in the United States. Evangelicals are getting divorced, and gay folks are wanting to get married, and religionists keep accusing homosexuals of destroying the family. Yikes. If we truly had a church in which people could love and be loved, we could transcend so many divisive issues and be free to become the people God has created us to be.

Shane Claiborne, “Jesus For President” (via leaveeitalltomee)

I said, “I didn’t know there were so many Christians in Iraq!” to an Iraqi pastor, who replied, “You didn’t invent the church in North America. You just domesticated it. You tell the church in North America that we are praying for you to remember who you are.

Shane Claiborne, on talking to an Iraqi pastor he met during his peacemaking trip to Iraq back in 2003 (via ryankozycz)

But as I pursued that dream of upward mobility preparing for college, things just didn’t fit together. As I read Scriptures about how the last will be first, I started wondering why I was working so hard to be first.

 -Shane Claiborne (via myexitunobserved)

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When we truly discover how to love our neighbor as our self, Capitalism will not be possible and Marxism will not be necessary.

Shane Claiborne (via ryankozycz)