David Platt always challenges me. The message of “Radical” left me completely bereft of any feeling that I had done all that Christ has called me to, but it also left me a bit at a loss for where to start.
It’s not because he personally seems too high above me to listen to. Platt keeps his own struggle in the mix, and I appreciate the honesty with which he relates his own struggles.
Platt has this method or writing where he casts out a big issue and doesn’t let you off the hook. When talking about selling all you own, he never says things like, “but that’s not for everybody.” He’s more prone to say, “maybe you should.” It leaves you feeling unsettled, uncertain where to go next. It also gets in your head, prompting deep self-examination.
He does this again with “Counter Culture.” Where “Radical” was a missional call, “Counter Culture” is a call to a more meaningful life right where we are. Issues which frequently arise in our country– race, gender and sexuality issues, care for the poor — his commentary on these issues is solidly rooted in scripture, but some will probably disagree on individual points. You should stick with it. He’s not just talking about ideas, he’s talking about engaging real people.
I should say I have a deep respect for the writer. His background as a missionary in countries where Christians must meet in hiding gives him both a deep understanding of issues and a compassion for seekers. He joins us in the challenges he raises. This is from the end of the book:
“I don’t want these burdens on my heart to terminate with words on a page. I want these realities to transform the way I live. I don’t want to join the chorus of men, women, preachers and prognosticators who are content to wring their hands in pious concern over the plight of our culture while they sit back in practical silence and do little to nothing about it.”