"The American Dream" looks different to everyone, but we all share a common thread in our desire to be A. comfortable, B. financially stable and C. happy.
Truth be told, I am also lumped in this category because, I too, desire these things for me life and for the lives of the people I love.
My newest difficulty has come from laying everything (everything) down on the line and saying "God, this life isn't about me, it's about You, it's about Your comfort, Your stability, Your happiness."
Radical by David Platt challenges the happy-go-lucky christian in us all to take a step back and think about the serious epidemic of "feel good" christianity that has hit America by storm. Since when did serving become community service? Since when did worship become a rock concert? Since when did a God's pastors become stand-up comics?
Now don't get me wrong, I could listen to Chris Tomlin lead worship all day long, and I love a good joke more than most, but WOW has this book opened my eyes to what the REAL point behind all the show is.
If you're looking for a feel good book...this is not it. But, if you want to hear from Platt, who successfully led one of the largest (4,000 member) churches in Alabama before realizing all this - dive in!
"In direct contradiction to the American dream, God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts his people in situations where they come face to face with their need for Him. In the process he powerfully demonstrates his ability to provide everything his people need in ways they could never have mustered up or imagined. And in the end, he makes much of his own name." - Radical
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