Book Report: David Platt's Radical

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[. . .] However, one might also ask if his is the only answer, or if without material gain and economic success, there would be a nation that could help others. Platt is young, and relatively idealistic, and while not being incorrect about what he says, we must wonder if a nation of servant leaders could be servants without a way to make this possible. For this reader, an argument like Platt's must, by its very nature, be radical in order to move people off their comfort zones and cause them to think. Instead of taking an idea and simply suggesting a new way of thinking, books like Platt's are bold and "radical" enough to try to move individual's thinking -- to upset their comfort zone and act as a literal "whack" when viewing a more limited universe of possibilities. In this, Platt is quite successful.

Personal Application

For this reader, Platt's book is almost a mentoring guide for a way to live, interact, and approach personal ministry in the 21st century. Spiritual living is far more than professing religious beliefs to a congregation. Spiritual living is a construct that allows the working professional to use their intellectual and emotional talents, in combination with their spiritual beliefs, to aid and improve the spiritual lives of others. To round out a more definitive template of spiritual living, we can use biblical lessons to understand the journey spirituality takes:

The individual must accept Jesus into their heart and soul. In Acts 2:22, for instance, Jesus tells us we must continue to witness for the greater glory of God and that our time on earth should be based on true ministry as a way to enter heaven. He further asks that we use our uniqueness to benefit all of humankind. Since God made us unique, with unique talents, it is incumbent upon us to use those talents to benefit others.

In both Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8 to be truly part of the body of Christ (the Church) we must use our cognitive gifts to understand that society has evolved in 2 millennia, but some of the messages (personal commitment and edification, for instance), still resonate in global ministry and evangelism. If Christ still calls us to carry out His mission, would he not continue to give us the gifts which we need to do so and the means to become a true discipline?


Just as when children play the game of gossip, sitting in a circle and whispering a message from one to the other, the original message is not always the message that is disseminated at the end, so too has Christianity, particularly the New Testament, gone through multiple translations and interpretations. Each time this happens, of course, bias creeps in, and interpretations abound. After two centuries, it is easy for American Christians, for example, to forget the basic message from Jesus and his followers, how they lived, what their lifestyle was, how "radical" their message was for the Ancient World, and what would likely be their pattern of living. It may seem "radical," but Platt believes that a true follower of Christ would leave behind material gain, security, convenience and even family to follow the message of preaching love and tolerance.

Platt asks the reader to take a leap of faith that would, in his opinion, transform the world and create a society in which the messages from the Gospels could be put into actuality -- and experiment if you will. This experiment, a one-year journey into what he calls "authentic discipleship" would transform the world from a place obsessed with material gain, with creature comforts, with many hedonistic pleasures, into a world filled with love and compassion for all, for the care of the sick and infirm, and from a cynical society based largely on fear and innuendo to one adopting the true and singular message of Christ -- love. Is this experiment for everyone? Perhaps not, but even in a more limited format, can it benefit self and society -- most assuredly. Moreover, even if not implemented completely, simply acknowledging and considering its value will likely change the individual's paradigm to one of a more thoughtful and caring person.


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Platt, D. (2010). Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Colorado Springs,… [END OF PREVIEW]

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