Every day Christians are faced with the cultural issues that fly in the face of biblical truth. How are we to respond and act? This is the question that David Platt answers in his latest book Counter Culture. Platt makes a passionate call for Christ followers to do just that…follow Christ and point to Him and live counter culturally, going against the grain and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel of Christ.
Platt devotes chapters to the following: the gospel and culture,poverty, abortion, orphans and widows, sex slavery, marriage, sexual morality, ethnicity, religious liberty, and the unreached. In each chapter, he explains how scripture speaks to the topic at hand and how the gospel is to inform our response within our culture. Supplementing the scriptural texts, Platt provides accounts of how real people are living out the principles he has set forth. Each chapter ends with a helpful section called “First Steps to Counter Culture.” These first steps are broken down into three sections: Pray: suggestions on how to pray regarding the information presented in that chapter; Participate: Suggestions on how to be involved and act; Proclaim: Scriptures that present the truth of that chapter that need to be proclaimed. In addition to these helpful sections, Platt has provided the link to a site giving more helpful suggestions: http://CountercultureBook.com.
Here is the promotional video for the book:
In Counter Culture, David Platt has provided the church with another helpful resource. I was forced to counter the culture of my own sinful heart as I read each chapter, knowing that I have been complacent in my converting my beliefs into actions in the culture. In typical Platt fashion, he holds nothing back, but remains humble throughout and often confesses his own failings and struggles with applying God’s truth to each controversial area mentioned in the book. He continually points to God as the only source for change and power to live out what God ordains for his people in the cultural landscape of our times. This book is easy to read but difficult to apply, since it will require sacrificing and dying to self. But isn’t that what we are commanded to do?
I recommend this book for anyone desiring to prepare for countering the culture when it sways from the truth of God’s word and plans. Pastors would benefit from getting this book into the hands of each member of their respective members. I recommend they preach a series on the material found in this book. Small groups will be blessed as they challenge each other to be more involved and act. Individuals will grow in their faith as they seek God and trust him in living out the gospel in authenticity. May we all live counter culturally.
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a review.
…and another year gone. During her visit to MunchkinLand, Dorothy made the observation that “people come and go so quickly here.” That is the way I feel about the years now. They come and go quickly. The Christmas season was upon me and gone before the spirit of it set in. And a couple of days ago I saw Easter candy at one of the stores. My calendar shows January. But yes, time is passing quickly. I usually have some goals for the new years and this year is not different. I have some of the normal ones like get more healthy (considering I am overweight and the heaviest I have ever been) and reading my Bible more consistently. In past years, I have set writing goals, none of which I have ever achieved. This year I added learn to play guitar, rather than play at guitar. Time seems to go faster and faster with seemingly less time to accomplish things. Yet the day is still made up of 24 hours. How will I spend them?
When I look back on my goals of previous years, I wonder why most of them still remain unreached. Goals can be frustrated with life situations. Like my desire to play guitar. My thumb on my left hand is giving me problems, making applying any pressure with my thumb a painful strain. so what of that goal? Is God saying that is not what he desires at the moment or do I play through the pain. Discipline and follow through has always been a challenge for me; I can easily get distracted or give up and find myself watching yet another movie or television show (TV is my big time waster). I also tend to have little confidence in my ability to achieve or accomplish anything, minimizing what I have to offer, gifts or talents I possess. I need to remember that my goals are not God.
I want 2015 to be different (this is the year I turn fifty). I desire to be less self centered in my prayers, wanting to seek what God wants for me, not what I want and think is best for my life. And to include the needs of other more in my prayers, especially since I have people close to me that need Jesus, with lives that are crumbling and headed down dead end roads that I have attempted at times to travel. I will praying specifically with expectancy with what God wants me to do as a vocation and how he wants me to be part of his mission, both locally and globally.
I want God to be glorified in what I do and have, not taking things for granted that are gifts…food, shelter, friends, family and…a job. In all of these, I want to complain less and be more thankful. and not forget people.
So this year, I am trying not to be so rigid and set goals that are unrealistic. I want to enjoy life and involve God more in it and not get bogged down in the insignificant.
I am confident this year will pass quickly as well. When I look back this time next year, I want it to be with thankfulness and satisfaction of all that happened and not regret or frustration.