Radical – A Review

I have been wrecked by reading David Platt’s Radical.

Pic from Amazon.com

Have you ever wondered what true Christianity looks like? Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your life was actually conforming to the image of Jesus?

After reading Radical, my thoughts about the American culture and the Church were pretty much on target. However, I was not prepared for what I was going to find out about myself.

From the time we are born, people give us stuff. We spend early childhood being brought up in a culture of getting more toys and books even if we do not play with them all and we can’t give anything away because its ours.

A child is not taught how to be selfish. A child easily learns to say the word mine. The child goes through school and college to get a degree, to get a job, to get married, have a nice house, have a couple of nice cars, have a few kids, go on a couple vacations a year and then retire when they have done their time at their job.

Really? I do not recall ever reading the word retire in the Bible. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt at the age of 80. He was a leader. He wasn’t kickin’ it in Florida playing golf and sipping pina coladas.

God does not give us our lives to waste. God does not give us our lives to use how we see fit. God does give us our lives to glorify Him. Think about that. Our lives are given to us by God to glorify Him. Isn’t that awesome?

Houses and cars and things are to be used for our enjoyment but to the glory of God. Houses are not for the accumulation of crap. We are not meant to become hoarders of junk until we have to have a yard sale to get rid of crap to go and buy more crap to replace the crap we just got rid of.

I want to be known for being a giver. I want no thing to have control over me. I want to be able to freely give whatever God tells me to give….money, time, things, whatever. I want to serve and share the gospel with the people that need it most. If I am unable to go I want to equip the ones who are going.

I want my life to look normal by biblical standards and drastically weird by culture’s standards.

It’s easy to just go to church and never be passionate about Christ. It’s easy to only pick up your Bible on Sunday if you remember to take it to church. It’s easy to hear a sermon and never reflect on it again. It’s easy to hear a sermon and never apply it to your life.

However…Jesus clearly says in Luke 14:33 that if we do not renounce all things we cannot be His disciple.

Jesus did not die on the cross so that we could passionately follow the American Dream. Jesus died so we could have a new life in Him. That new life according to the Bible looks nothing like the American Dream.

You can buy David Platt’s Radical at Amazon.