The Unlikely Disciple

lens3870002_1239080967roose-unlikely-disciple-closeupI recently just finished The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. By far, this has been one of my favorite books I have ever read! Kevin Roose is a student at Brown University, a liberal school known for their liberal views. Kevin meets a group of evangelical Christian students from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University one day. As he spends a few minutes talking with them, he realizes he doesn’t know anything about the evangelical world of Christians and has a hard time conversing with them. Because of this, Kevin decides to transfer to Liberty University for a semester to see what the evangelical Christian world is all about. As he spends his semester at Liberty, he does not tell anyone he an unbeliever and for a semester, he basically fakes being a Christian. Throughout the semester at Liberty, Kevin learns all about the evangelical world, the good and the bad! Without telling you anymore of the story, there were two things that stood out to me as I read through this book.

First, while Kevin is a Liberty, he befriends many Christians, but even Kevin admits, they don’t act like Christians they act just like his secular friends from Brown. This fact struck home because as Christians we are called to be different than the world, but here we have Liberty students, Christians students, that are acting just like the world. I am not bashing on Liberty because even my Bible college has students who don’t act like Christians. The point us, these people didn’t know Kevin was a nonbeliever. So that whole time they were acting nothing like Christians, they were being a horrible witness for an unbeliever, Kevin Roose. At the end of the book, when Kevin goes back to Liberty and tells his friends that he made about what he was doing and the fact he wasn’t a believer, many of them felt horrible because they knew they didn’t like the best for God while he was with them. This was a lesson to me to always be living for God no matter what, where, or when because they may be a lost person closer to you than you imagine.

Secondly, we as Christians forget about how the lost world sees us. Kevin admits that the way he saw evangelical Christians was wrong. Kevin says, “…not that you were right, but that I was wrong.” Sad to say, Kevin Roose never became a believer because of the time spent at Liberty, but he did admit that the way he saw Christians was wrong. As Christians, we have the reputation of being mean, harsh people who cause hurt and anger to nonbelievers. But we need to make sure we are standing firm upon God’s Word and taking a stand for God in this world, but make sure we are showing the nonbelievers that we really do love them and want them to come into the family of God.

I highly recommend this book for anyone! It is a great book to read and will really open your mind and eyes up to how the world see us as Christians. For more info on the book and Kevin Roose, go to Here is a video that gives an insight to the book:

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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