I recently completed my reading of David Platt’s book Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans and Pornography. If the title alone doesn’t grab you as intriguing, I don’t know what will. In light of many of the recent events that have been taking place and much of the challenges that the Body of Christ is facing, I can think of no other book that is more timely and more apt to prick the heart of the believer than this one.
David Platt has poured his heart out and transparently bared his soul within the pages of this thought provoking book. While many might read it as an indictment on the Church, and it is; it is meant to create a dialog for followers of Christ, and move Christians towards to challenging the approaches that have been taken, or in some cases neglected in relation to each specific cultural issue that has been spoken to.
I was particularly intrigued by David’s transparency to deal with issues on race relations in light of what has been seen as a major hurdle for the Church. His reference to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Letter from Birmingham, and illustrating how it has played into the continued silence today as seen in situations like what occurred in Ferguson, MO still causes me to pray even now for greater unity in the faith.
He is equally compassionate and challenging when it comes to each issue. With the 2016 elections fastly approaching, this would make for good discussion and great preparation for considering how you might handle your right to vote when the candidates begin to speak on immigration, abortion, religious liberties, and poverty. With Same-sex marriage now legal nationwide and sex trafficking becoming an increasing problem globally, there can be no doubt that we must become better equipped to navigate the culture in love and uphold a Godly and biblical standard.
This book is definitely for anyone who has a heart that bleeds for any and all of the issues that are covered within the pages of these book; regardless of whether you believe that you have that qualifications to tackle them as an individual or whether you are a seasoned Saint who maybe has lost the fire to counter the culture. I implore you to challenge yourself and encourage you to counter culture as a true disciple who represents the Kingdom.
- David Platt – Counter Culture (henkjanvanderklis.nl)
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