Reading Radical by David Platt made me weak in my knees. This book is both challenging and insightful. This is a quick read that gave me several ah ha’s.
A pastor of a large southern church, David discusses his personal journey in trying to match what he saw in his church and other US churches to the church he reads about in the New Testament. His conclusion is that the church in the US and American Christianity needs a wake up call; and this book is it.
I agree with his premis that the “American Dream” build on self reliance and bootstrapping oneself to success has clouded the vision of the Western Church and Christians. We have centered on Gods Grace without balancing it with God’s Glory.
One ah ha for me was the concept that God created us in His image, blessed us and then gave us a command to take His image which He placed in us and spread His glory around the world. Applying this to my life, I need to be God’s image wherever I go and spread His glory everyplace my foot steps.
Platt sees the needs of the world around us as a target for us to address and bring Glory to God.
After eight compelling chapters, Radical concludes with The Radical Experiment, a call to a movement starting with each of us as individuals; “One year to a life lived upside down,” in which the reader is urged to commit to:
Pray for the entire world
Read through the entire Word
Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose
Spend your time in another context
Commit your life to multiplying community
This is a great way to launch us from this very practical and challenging book.