I am about half way through the book Radical by David Platt and I wanted to share a few random points that I found challenging so far. 

  • Did you know that if you have running water, shelter over your head, clothes to wear, food to eat, and some form of transportation (including public transportation), then you are in the top 15% of the world’s people for wealth.
  • We have a fairly high view of our morality, so when we add a superstitious prayer, a subsequent dose of church attendance, and obedience to some of the Bible, we feel pretty sure that we will be all right in the end.
  • The “modern-day” gospel says: “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.  Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.”  Meanwhile, the “biblical gospel” says, “You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, and in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life much less to cause yourself to come to life.  Therefore you are radically dependent on God to do something in your life that you could never do.”
  • Our sense of security and stability is immediately threatened when we thing about truly letting Jesus reign over our possessions.
  • Jesus is not interested in being known as a respectable teacher.  He is the sovereign Lord.  He doesn’t give opinions for people to consider; he gives commands for people to obey. 
  • Do we look to Jesus for advice that seems fiscally responsible according to the standards established by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles?  Or are we looking for Jesus for total leadership in our lives, even if that means going against everything that our culture values and respects?