The Radical Question and The Radical Idea are two mini books in one. Platt asks the question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” He discusses the perverted version of Christianity that Americans have made for themselves. In America, we say a prayer, invite Jesus into our hearts, sign a card, walk an aisle, and then sit comfortably in the pews drinking coffee each Sunday. But the Bible says that Jesus is worthy of total allegiance and immediate obedience. Jesus requires us to follow him even if it means not burying your father, not saying goodbye to your family, or even becoming homeless. “We have taken the Jesus of the Bible and twisted him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. One who is fine with a devotion that doesn’t infringe on our comforts.” Platt says by doing this, we have molded Jesus into our own image and are therefore worshiping ourselves. In order to follow Jesus, we have to surrender all that we have. Platt challenges his readers to walk away from this Christian spin on the American Dream and realize there is a greater purpose to life than pursuing worldly things.
Platt’s radical idea is that the people of God start fulfilling the purpose for which they were created. We need to stop relying on our pastors to lead people to Christ. He discusses how so often we try to reach people in the wrong way. Worship services should be organized around believers in order to equip them to preach the Gospel to their peers the rest of the week. If a worship service is centered around unbelievers, you will have a bunch of ‘baby Christians sipping on spiritual milk.’ The church leaders’ job is to equip people to spread the Gospel. It is our commission to create disciples by sharing our lives with those around us and being intentional with the people we face each day. It’s not an option given, but a command from God.
This book is short and to the point. It’s convicting and a great read if you are looking for something quick. I would recommend picking up a copy for yourself.
*I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for writing an honest review.