This Jesus puzzles us, of course. He seems so nice; we can’t imagine why he doesn’t answer all our prayers or why he allows evil to run free. Consequently, we have our doubts, like everyone else in this age, wondering how a congenial Lord can be, well, so inattentive. Maybe he’s not really in charge after all. Then suddenly our faith is bolstered by an inspirational best seller about the best life or the purpose-driven life or the border-expanding life, and we’re ready to be patient with Jesus a little longer—as long as he keeps us feeling good about ourselves and optimistic about tomorrow.
—Mark Galli, “Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God”