In his short guidebook Ololo (The Shepard Leader, 2013), a “Bible-reading, Bible-believing, and Bible-living son of God,” offers a concise collection of spiritual wisdom for fellow believers.
Believers, according to Ololo, can be separated into two categories: the Odd and the Even. The Odd are those sincerely motivated and guided by faith in every aspect of their lives. In opposition, the Even may call themselves believers, but their motivations lay in the secular world and sincere faith isn’t evident in their actions. Each chapter focuses on a specific area where the Odd are expected to let their faith shine. Beginning with the first chapter, “Service,” the Odd recognize that serving others is a fundamental charge given by God; as Jesus served, so must believers serve with a willing and humble heart, says Ololo. To serve with the expectation of reward or to be motivated to serve by the desire for gratification is to stand with the Even. Subsequent chapters on talent, niceness, godliness and other core traits are presented in a similar manner. Ololo describes the Odd’s way of infusing life with faith and how to distinguish these actions from those of the Even. The comparisons he draws between the sincere and insincere aren’t without merit, and scriptural references help support Ololo’s version of faithful living. Acknowledging the difficulty in resisting temptation, Ololo makes the effort to avoid sounding judgmental; however, the effort isn’t always successful. As such, some readers may be reminded of the parable of the Pharisee and the publican in Luke’s Gospel, (Luke 18:10–15) in which the Pharisee counts his deeds as evidence of his superior faith. As Jesus points out, “[A]ll who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Believers may recognize their own Odd or Even behaviors in this succinct portrayal of living a life of faith in the modern world.