I care about justice…At least, I care about the idea of justice. But what am I really doing about it?
This thought has been challenging me since the first time I heard Eugene Cho speak at the beginning of 2013. His words have echoed in my head over the past year and a half, and when I found out he was writing a book, I knew that Overrated would be an important one for me to read. After waiting many months, I read it eagerly and had to slow myself down so I could take it in and digest it. While Overrated is an accessible read (not too “heady” or intellectual), it is difficult in that it is deeply challenging. Eugene pushes us to go deeper–to not only do justice but to live more generously, sacrificially, and justly.
“Contentment does not come from our upward mobility. Our contentment comes from a life of gratitude and generosity. Our contentment comes in living in the truth that Jesus emptied Himself and invites us to live in countercultural obedience to Him.” (p. 66)
During my semester studying abroad in college, the program I attended had a sort of motto or guiding philosophy: Of Telos and Praxis . The basic idea was that we were studying not just to understand our theology (telos) but also so that we could apply it and live it out in practice (praxis). What I enjoyed so much about Overrated was how Eugene weaved together theology with real life stuff.
Being that he is a pastor, I’m sure he understands the impact and importance of story, but he does more than just search for illustrations to support his points. The reflections and challenges he shares are birthed out of his own life experiences, and he shares them humbly as his confession. In doing so, the challenges and even criticisms of our church culture don’t come across as a pointed finger but rather as a motivating call to action.
The thoughts that Eugene shared have given me freedom and vision for how I want to live out God’s call in my own life to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” with God . I’ve found a much deeper sense of calling to dig in, become an expert, build relationships, be in it for the long haul, and seek the feet of Jesus.
Overrated will be a book that I’ll keep on my shelves for a long time, and I highly recommend it to anyone who desires to share God’s love in both spiritual and physical ways with this hurting world. Whether you’re a Christian who’s a little skeptical of all this “justice stuff,” or whether you’re passionate about justice, or just aren’t sure where to start (that’s all of us!), I think this will be a challenging and important book for you, too.
Eugene Cho is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Eugene has been a featured speaker at events such as TEDx, The Justice Conference, and Catalyst. He is also the founder and Senior Pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, WA, where he lives with his family.
Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing it? We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages us all (himself included) to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing yourself.
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 I’ve searched around for an original source for this idea or phrase but haven’t found anything concrete. I attended the Latin American Studies Program through CCCU, so they are my source…but if you’re a history genius and can let me know where this phrase originated from, I’ll give you a virtual high five.
 Micah 6:8
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