Surprises from God’s Word
Is the Christianity we teach and preach and experience in our western culture actually unbiblical?
David Platt, who pastors a thriving, modern, technologically savvy church in the South with 4,000 members, thinks we are in danger of missing Jesus Christ completely. We settle for a Christianity that “revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves,” he writes in his book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.
Platt continues: “The gospel reveals eternal realities about God that we would sometimes rather not face. We prefer to sit back, enjoy our clichés, and picture God as a Father who might help us, all the whole ignoring God as a Judge who might damn us. Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture—and in the church. We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his Word, we might discover that he evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give him.”
I think in your last sentence, all of us fall short of the job of being about God’s business. I would dare to ask, as I do myself, when you look in the mirror each morning how would you answer, “Have I even properly started?”