I wonder if followers of Christ 150 years from now will look back at Christians in America today and ask, “How could they live in such big houses? How could they drive such nice cars and wear such nice clothes? How could they live in such affluence while thousands of children were dying because they didn’t have food and water? How could they go on with their lives as though the billions of poor didn’t even exist?”

— David Platt




  1. Ouch.
    is this from “radical”? I just now bought it to read!

  2. I often wonder the very same thing. And here I am, in my big warm home. I struggle each and every day with how the here and now daily life washing, cleaning, shopping, teaching, cooking, fits in the BIG PLAN. Christianity and the “real” every day nitty gritty. I have another thought, too–how does real forgiveness and dying to self work? I’ve been in the Corinthian letters lately. Seems we are to suffer a lot and not demand our “rights.” And yet when we are severely wronged, especially by other Christians, how do we act in a Christlike manner and still let them see they are acting in the wrong? Where is the line? And yet I keep seeing the wronged in my mind, not asking for anything, but serving Christ and bringing peace, like the persecuted brothers and sisters who pray for their tormenters….it is way beyond my puny brain. Only God can straighten the human mess out. Anyway, in a sort of dark reflective mood today and your post prompted this rambling…please ignore if it is harmful in any way or just plain doesn’t make sense.

  3. Indeed, it is true only God knows how to straighten the human mess out, but even more amazing He would use us to help him.
    The questions you raise make a lot of sense. We all struggle with finding those answers. The very fact you are struggling means the Holy Spirit indeed is at work. Your heart is not deadened by the world.

  4. Sue: You are always welcome to post on this blog. I know where your heart is…

    Jim: Thanks for commenting, my dear. Love when you interact on here.

    Hannah: Not sure. He is quoted all over the place these days. We heard him preach a couple of years ago while in Birmingham…

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