How are you living our Christian life?

13 Sep

The following excerpt from David Platt’s thought provoking book Radical is worth your consideration. He uses the story behind the SS United States which was converted from a military ship to a luxury liner as an object lesson of the church today. “When I think about the history of the SS United States, I wonder if she has something to teach us about the history of the church. The church, like the SS United States, has been designed for battle. The purpose of the church is to mobilize people to accomplish a mission. Yet we seem to have turned the church as troop carrier into the church as a luxury liner. We seem to have organized ourselves, not to engage in battle for the souls of people around the world, but to indulge ourselves in the peaceful comforts of the world…Are we willing to obey the orders of Christ? Are we willing to be like him? Are we willing to risk our lives to go to great danger…Are we willing to fundamentally alter our understanding of Christianity from a luxury-liner approach that seeks more comforts in the world to a troop-carrier approach that forsakes comforts in the world to accomplish an eternally significant task and achieve an eternally satisfying reward?”[1]

Platt’s critic is stinging, but all to close to home. We as God’s people in the west are materially rich and full of opportunity beyond that of any generation in human history, yet we have traded riches of faithful service for the rags of this system that is passing away. May we be instructed by 1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It impossible for us to love both God and this world’s system. We cannot serve God and the things of this world.

[1] David Platt, Radical, (170-171)


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