The “5 Step Plan” and the Gospel: Part 1 (of 5)

Growing up in the Churches of Christ, it was advertised to me as long as I can remember—in sermons, in Bible classes, at camp, in outlines and tracts, on bulletin boards, on websites, and in personal Bible study with someone about to become a Christian. God had a plan for us to be saved, avoid Hell, go to Heaven. It was obtainable in five simple steps: Hear, Believe, Repent, Confess, be Baptized. It was easy to memorize, easy to count. It was a bullet point plan to perfection. It was a reachable solution that I myself could perform to be a good Christian. And for a number of years in my youth, I assumed it was the best way to view the operation of being saved by God.
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Reading Dave Eggers’ “Your Fathers”: Room 53—Christ

Room 53: Aggravation, Christ, and Congress [see previous post on the West]

—I saved you for last because you were the only one Thomas saw as a mentor and I think you complete the religious imagery that is there abut would have been more there if Eggers was religious and had a more religious agenda.

—I understand, son.
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Reading Dave Eggers’ “Your Fathers”: Room 48–The West

Room48: Cannons, The West, and Dream Girls [see previous post on radicalization]

—I can see why you looked like his dream girl.

—Thanks?

—Not hitting on you. Just saying you’re an important character, an embodiment of an ideal.
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Reading Dave Eggers’ “Your Fathers”: Room 55—Radicalization

Room 55: Radicalization, Apocalypse, and Mothers [see previous post on Conspiracies]

—I’m sorry to visit you like this, but as Thomas’s Mom you have some things to teach us about his background, why he did what he did.

—You’re here to lecture me on how his actions are my fault?

—No. But they do play a part. It’s not so much about you as what you saw in him. How he turned out.
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