This continues my reading of the book: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream by David Platt
When I was in Bible College in the 1990s, I understood my calling to be involvement in overseas missions. This chapter has tapped into this. Though I still feel the wanderlust for strange and wonderful new places, I have come to believe that North America is more of a mission than most of the world. I completely agree with Platt when he asks the question: is his Word enough for us?
We, North Americans, have such richness in access to Scripture and to teachings, including Radical. We have bought into the American Dream so fully that the pursuit of it is inherent in the way we do church. We seek church that provides entertainment value. We seek experiences that keep us high in the Spirit. We live a roller coaster Christian life, high and lows, bumping from one teacher to the next, from one worship concert to the next, from one conference to the next. I don’t want to knock the teachers, the musicians, the conferences, but in a way I am. The one experience we all need is the experience of the Word. It is the pearl of great price.
If we really believe the Word of God, then will we love God and love our neighbour as ourselves? Will we love God by loving our neighbour? Will we stop playing church and start being the church? Will we impact those around us to be followers of Jesus? Will we show kindness and mercy to one another, including the orphan, the alien, and the poor (quoting Zechariah 7:9-10)?
I know I want to answer yes. My prayer is that I answer yes, every day for the rest of my life.
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