Why would anyone tackle unmasking the endless “isms” plaguing mankind and why should it matter?
In this book…I said that this generation or at the most the next will have to decide between materialistic, atheistic Communism and the Kingdom of God on earth. I thought it would take a generation for this issue to come to a head. In half a generation the issue has become acute….But this book was primarily written not to emphasize the weaknesses or the strengths of Communism, but to present the Christian alternative to Communism. In rereading what I wrote I find myself holding to the main thesis of the book. That remains intact. There is a Christian alternative, and our emphasis should be to apply that alternative so that a soil might be created in which Communism could not grow….Communism as a system is not the answer. It will break down ultimately through inherent weaknesses. We must be ready with a demonstration of the Christian answer. The Christian answer is the Kingdom of God on earth. This book attempts to expound that answer and points to its application. I am gratified to know that the main plea is still relevant, and to my mind more relevant now than ever. – E. STANLEY JONES, January 3, 1951
Why would anyone tackle unmasking the endless “isms” plaguing mankind and why should it matter? This is no book of dry theory, it is a “how to” book. Jones believed that if we fail to deal with the tough issues, we essentially show Christianity and the Kingdom of God as a viable alternative to be weak, hesitant and hopelessly inadequate. Aside from the enormity of this subject, Christ’s Alternative also holds a message for you personally. It strikes at the inner thoughts we sometimes hold about the reality of the Kingdom of God and our place in it. Jones outlines our ontological relationship clearly and his reasoning is cogent and persuasive. See if you agree with his view that the Kingdom of God is the “vast, indefinable and defining, radical, redemptive, refining, transforming, enlivening and powerful key to everything else there is.” Jones writes that whether you recognize and embrace Kingdom principles or not, they will work for us, even if we “stumble” upon them. Prepare to be completely revolutionized and revived for authentic and real life.
Christ’s Alternative is rooted in one of Jones’ wisdom principles which can be condensed into a few words – “Impression minus expression equals depression.” As much as any other time in human history, we need wisdom now. Google can provide us with resources for further knowledge about almost any aspect of life, but the truth about evil and temptations which exist among us is almost non-existent. Even more concerning, no one is talking about how to deal with it for fear he or she would be labeled an extremist. Jones presents the facts and even more, affirms the place and role of Christianity in the conversation. If you want answers you can find them here. You will be strengthened by Christ’s Alternative and it will be a resource you return to repeatedly.
–Joseph B. Kennedy
THE 21ST CENTURY