Thursday, December 30, 2010
So...I am the last to jump on the Radical bandwagon! Actually, I waited so long to read it mostly because so many were talking about it...and...I wanted to be "different" (I am asking God to work on my ridiculous non-conformist ways)!....But...I am glad that I finally read it, because it really is a great book!
I love theology....and have this insane theological compass. I have some pretty strong beliefs about who does what in the work of salvation.....and it really bothers me when I read or hear something that does not cling tightly to what scripture says about that. With that being said, people who believe along the same lines as I do in that respect can tend to be more inward focused....and less missional. Those that are super missional tend to hold their theology a little looser than I prefer. All this to say, that David Platt deals with the church's role in effectively changing the world for the purpose of God's glory only after working through the plan of salvation and it's fundamental components! I must say that there were several different occasions where I realized not only how lacking the American church is in some areas....but how lacking I am in those areas. Here are a couple of quotes that I am still rolling around my brain:
"While Christians choose to spend their lives fulfilling the American dream instead of giving their lives to proclaiming the kingdom of God, literally billions in need of the gospel remain in the dark"
"The message of biblical Christianity is "God loves me so that I might make him-his ways, his salvation, his glory, and his greatness known among all the nations" Now God is the object of our faith, and Christianity centers around him, We are not the end of the gospel; God is."
"As we have seen all over Scripture, God's heart is for the world. So when we say we have a heart for the United States, we are admitting that we have a meager 5 percent of God's heart, and we are proud of it. When we say we have a heart for the city we live in, we confess that we have less than 1 percent of God's heart"
"God's design for taking the gospel to the world is a slow, intentional, simple process that involves every one of his people sacrificing every facet of their lives to multiply the life of Christ in others."
"Whereas disinfecting Christians involves isolating them and teaching them to be good, discipling Christians involves propelling Christians into the world to risk their lives for the sake of others."
Platt packs so much more into Radical, and surrounds, supports and sustains each point he makes with scripture after scripture! He ends the book with a 1 year challenge that begins with prayer for the world, and grounding yourself in God's word. I feel like it is impossible to move forward after reading this book without adjusting some major areas in my life, and in our family life.
If you haven't read it yet....then...grab a copy asap, and prepare to be challenged in a startling but great way!