Radical or Counter Cultural
Have you ever wanted to change the world? To walk down the street and everyone knows you has the trend setter and the changer of culture? As a small boy, I use to dream of that. I wanted to be a difference maker and game changer. As I got older, I realized how unrealistic that is but, I also learned that if I wanted to make a difference, I couldn’t let society dictate my actions. As a staff here at YMI we have been studding sacrifice and we topped it off by reading the popular book by David Platt, “Radical“. I had read this book before, but this time it took on new meaning to me.
Let me explain. The last 3 years, I started serving at Youth Missions International full time. I have trained over 500 youth in how to share their faith in the world that they live. The most common issue that I see is that youth get focused on the desires of the culture around them. It screams “be your own person and prove you can be successful”. They feel the pressure and yet they don’t even know how to answer who they are and more importantly who God says they are.
On top of that, I have learned to value what Paul talks about in Philippians 4 about being content in excess and in want. When he says he can do all things through Christ, in context he is saying he can be content in what ever situation because of Christ. This has encouraged me as I have discovered what is a need and what is a want as I have been a faith supported missionary. Learning to trust God and never seeing Him fail.
As I put these two things together, I realized exactly what Platt is saying, the “American Dream” is killing our faith. We have become complacent We get so focused on the temporal and about the next step that we miss the importance of sacrifice and what it means to give till it hurts. The Christian cannot expect to live a comfortable life if they plan to engage in mission. Everything is at stake and so we must be willing to sacrifice all. But the more I read the scriptures the more I realize that this isn’t radical, but it is what should be normal. We should be the most loving compassionate people we know. We should be the most sacrificial and truth speaking individuals around. We should be the most generous humans that have walked the earth. We have been given everything so we should give everything. That is what Jesus calls us to. That is what Paul teaches. This is what Peter lived. That is true Christianity; it isn’t radical, but it is counter cultural.
Posted on May 7, 2013, in Adventure, Church, Counter Cultural, Devotional, Family, Gospel, Life, Missions, Sacrifice, Training, YMI, Youth Ministry, Youth Missions International and tagged American Dream, Counter Cultural, gospel, Jesus, Lies, Mission, Paul, Peter, Radical, Sacrifice, Youth Ministry. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.