Dr. Seuss and the Gospel Part 1: On Beyond Zebra and the Restoration of All Things

Adam discusses Dr. Seuss’s book, On Beyond Zebra and the Gospel.

Dr. Seuss challenges us to look beyond our confidence in the “ABCs” of our world in order to see beyond Z and into the bigger picture. When we don’t see beyond Z, we fall into power struggles with others.  For example, we often think that our religious, political, or economic perspective is the truth, which puts us in rivalry with others who are also grasping for “truth.” Dr. Seuss claims that if we take a step back, we can see the bigger picture.  In Mark 9:2-13 Jesus invites his disciples to see the bigger picture when he take them up a mountain. They see Jesus transfigured (or transformed) into white. Then the law giver Moses and the prophet Elijah join him. On the way down the mountain, Jesus gave his disciples the big picture by telling them that God was working through Elijah to bring about the restoration of all things (see verse 12). Early Christians said God that God restored all things through Jesus. So Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself through Jesus, not counting their sins against them. Dr. Seuss and the Gospel both invite us to take a step back and see the bigger picture of reconciliation and to participate in the reconciliation of all things.

To purchase On Beyond Zebra, click here.


For more in the Dr. Seuss and the Gospel Series, see:

Part 1: On Beyond Zebra and the Restoration of all Things

Part 2: The Lorax, the Prophets, and the iPad

Part 3: The Cat in the Hat, Jesus, and Chaos

Part 4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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