Thursday, February 3, 2011

Anemic Christians

I am ever more concerned with the weak status of so very many Christians in our world. They just do not seem to understand that they are called by the Maker of the world to a life of sacrifice and service to Him and to their fellows.
David Platt’s book, Radical, is an indictment of this kind of anemic Christianity. He writes, speaking about the church:

“When we gather at the building we learn to be good. Being good is defined by what we avoid in the world. We are holy because of what we don’t participate in (and at this point we may be the only organization in the world defining success by what we don’t do). We live decent lives in decent homes with decent jobs and decent families as decent citizens. We are decent church members with little more impact on the world than we had before we were saved. Though thousands may join us, ultimately we have turned a deaf ear to billions who haven’t even heard His name.”

When Christ propels Christians into the world to risk their lives for the sake of Him and others around them, their focus changes; and they gauge success in the church not in the hundreds or thousands whom they can get into their buildings, but on the hundreds or thousands who are leaving their buildings to take on the world with the disciples they are making.

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