In his groundbreaking book Radical, David Platt issues a challenge, and not just any challenge - THE challenge. What is that challenge? It is basically the same challenge that has been issued since the first century; deliver the message of Christ to a world looking for answers to life. "He (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.." Mark 16:15 [NIV]
Jesus also said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 [NLT]
Is this a new message or are we just listening to another speaker rephrase the Gospel in a new orange cover book? The answer - No! Radical is not a re-hashed summer rerun of the Life And Times of Jesus. There is more than just a challenge between these covers... this is a confrontation. David begins with the words of a duel, "Do you have it in you?" It's the same question Jesus asked, "Will you follow Me?" or "Zaccheus come down from the tree, we're eating at your house today."
David proposes a Radical response: live the Gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the Gospel according to Jesus.
Platt invites us to experience Jesus own words.
Playing off of that name, and applying a very critical element of Christian life is an amazing organization whose fundamental belief and purpose is to confront those of us who have lived life as Jesus observers - Fans. Dictionary.com defines a Fan as, "-noun; an enthusiastic follower or admirer..." Wikipedia offers this definition, "...a person with a liking and enthusiasm for something (or someone).." but Jesus was never looking for Fans.
Not A Fan is a site that would fit right into Platt's scenario. Jesus was not trying to attract a fan club. Their premise is echoed by many people including writer Max Lucado, who says "I am not a fan of Jesus. Jesus was never looking for Fans; He was looking for followers, Disciples. He wanted completely committed followers!
Jesus laid down the challenge. He threw down the gauntlet. He said, "I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life: No one comes to the Father, except through Me." [John 10:10 NIV] The world has challenged that statement with the complaint: "You are narrow-minded." But, Jesus IS the only Way. We can afford to be narrow-minded, we're right.
In Radical the author passionately and with Disciple-like conviction - and a few light hearted stories sprinkled in here and there - proposes a response: live the Gospel! Be true to it. Fill yourself with the promises.
Don't just hear or observe, instead strive to become who Christ said we should be. Radically change the world!