To preface this post: I have been aware of the book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream by David Platt, for months now. I thought it might be interesting to read, but had not taken the time to seek it out and make the purchase. I have numerous other books in progress that need to be finished. But the excuse come to an end when I came across a blog presented by Leigh in Nashville. She was participating in a Radical Read-Along hosted by Marla Taviano. Leigh is a new friend because of the blogosphere and I love reading her posts.
The call to action at the end of the book is called the Radical Experiment. Upon reading Leigh’s reflection on the last chapter, I decided to join her in her Radical Experiment. This means I am playing catchup with Leigh. Her commitment to live radically began November 13. I have now read Chapter 1, available online.
For one thing, my model in ministry is a guy who spent the majority of his ministry time with twelve men. A guy who, when he left this earth, had only about 120 people who were actually sticking around and doing what he told them to do. More like a minichurch, really. Jesus Christ—the youngest minichurch pastor in history. (1-2)
Though Platt has quickly become the leader of a mega-church (being 28), the ministry norm for many pastors in many areas is the 120, without the success of huge crowds. Within weeks of the Ascension, Jesus’ church was a mega-church that was being lead by the 12. The point I get out of this quote is the purpose of the church: relationship. Jesus cultivated relationship with 12 disciples, who were being groomed to carry his message of Good News to the world. He succeeded.
These 12 disciples went out, under threat of death and loss of everything they held dear. But they spent three years with Jesus who told them they would do greater things than he did. They did.
I am convinced that we as Christ followers in American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but that actually contradict the gospel we claim to believe. And I am convinced we have a choice. (3)
It is quite the choice offered: the status quo or following Jesus. The journey is a long one and the way narrow. Few find it. I pray that you and I can be part of the few. I pray that together we take the journey walked before by countless others.
I want to sit in puddles of tears, no, that should be oceans of tears. I really pray that more tears will be shed and that more people will have the experience that David had visiting the underground church in asia. I also pray that the church in America would go underground into the communities they find themselves. I pray that I get off my butt and put my hands and feet to action. Enough is enough.
And what does the Lord require of you, but to do JUSTICE, to love KINDNESS and to walk HUMBLY with him. I believe that DOING justice and LOVING kindness is the way to WALK humbly with GOD.
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