Sometime last week, a good friend of mine gave me a book “Radical” written by a Pastor (David Platt), who works at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, The Church at Brook Hills. Let me start of by saying that I’m not a Baptist, I’m a catholic, that however, didn’t stop the book from making me take a self-examination at myself, and my Christian faith. Reading this book has given me a different outlook on my Christian faith, and not just my own, but every other Christian’s too, mainly us American Christians, who according to Platt, haven’t been awaken yet, and are living a false Christian faith. It opened my eyes to the fact that we, as American Christians aren’t in most-ways, doing what we are called to do.
It told me that to TRULY follow Christ, you have to give up everything, including your own family, because if your faith in Christ is true, than your reward will be worth all of your sacrifices which lay ahead of all in the Kingdom of God. “Radical” taught me that there are plenty of starving children, starving for the Gospel, which many haven’t heard yet, many haven’t heard about Jesus. This frightens me, and it should you, because not knowing Christ, not ever hearing of him is the worst thing that could happen. Platt taught me that even the things we take in from sermons, teachings, and lessons, we take for our own self-needs, which it should be, as Platt put it, not just what we can take in for ourselves, but how can we use this to help others?
– – – At the end of the book, Platt has a list of 5 things we can do to help strengthen our faith in Christ, but let me say not to think those 5 things alone will save you in your Christian faith, but it starts with us, and we are the one’s with knowledge and access to the Word of God, we should spread it, to the nations, who are in dire-straights.
Overall, I’d say it had a Radical message in it, and Platt delivered in “Radical”. It made me think about things, even as a Catholic, reading it written from a Baptist, it still made many valid-points, and overall, we need to wake up, and smell the coffee that Jesus has made, and it starts with us, do we truly have a true faith in Christ?
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