RADICAL Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt is a book that is not only a "must read" but a "must intake". This is not a book review or anything like that. I have been studying some things in the book of Daniel recently and today while doing some reading of Radical this jumped out at me:
"God loves me" is not the essence of biblical Christianity. Because if "God loves me" is the message of Christianity, then who is the object of Christianity?
God loves me.
Christianity's object is me.
Therefore, when I look for a church, I look for the music that best fits me and the programs that best cater to me and my family. When I make plans for my life and career, it is about what works best for me and my family. When I consider the house I will live in, the car I will drive, the clothes I will wear, the way I will live, I will choose according to what is best for me. This is the version of Christianity that largely prevails in our culture.
But it is not biblical Christianity.
The message of biblical Christianity is not "God loves me, period," as if we were the object of our own faith. The message of biblical Christianity is "God loves me so that I might make Him - His ways, His salvation, His glory, and His greatness - known among all nations." Now God is the object of our faith, and Christianity centers around Him. We are not the end of the gospel; God is.
In the book of Daniel Chapter 4 and 5 talk about 2 different kings (Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar) who in knowing how great and awesome God is dishonored God with their pride and actions. Nebuchadnezzar changed quite literally into a beast and Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall and died that evening.
Nebuchadnezzar repented of his ways and glorified God. Belshazzar knew better but decided to praise things rather than God and his life was taken.
How much should we repent of our "Christian" egos? How much have we twisted the gospel's message and the Bride of Christ to mankind's agenda?
I'm finna go King James for a minute: WOE to the Church in America if we don't turn back to real faith, real true biblical Christianity! Our fate will not be lessoned but increased since we know all too well of how GREAT and GLORIOUS OUR GOD IS!