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Saturday, October 1, 2011

What is a "radical" Christian?

I ordered the book Radical by David Platt.
Before it arrives, I find myself questioning what it means to be a “radical” Christian.

In my Christian walk, there were times when I was “on fire” for the Lord. Other times I fell into religiosity. And the saddest of times, mediocrity.
The hot. The cold. And the lukewarm.
I've lived them all.

Right now, in the autumn of my life, I'm experiencing a deep hunger to know the move of God, to walk in a fervency in Jesus like I've never experienced before, to listen to the Holy Spirit on a moment-by-moment basis. Sometimes God's love and His presence is so big, so wide, I barely know what to do.

But there's one thing I do know...I don't want anything to do with religiosity. A token hour spent in church on Sunday morning won't suffice ever again. I want so much more.

So I've decided to make a list of what I think being a “radical” Christian is before I read the book Radical. I may be way off, but I'm going to start with a few things like...
  • being willing to give up everything...houses, cars, comfort.
  • to have nothing, so I can give everything.
  • to serve anywhere Jesus asks.
  • to share the Gospel like today is my last day to do so.
What do you think being a “radical” Christian is? Are you dissatisfied with the status quo of Christianity?


  1. Yes, I am absolutely dissatisfied with the status quo of Christianity. I liked your list and can't wait to read your review of the book! I've been listening to Corrie Ten Boom's books lately, and in my estimation, she is the epitome of a radical Christian. The best part~ the ministry she is most known for didn't get started until she was over 52 years old! She probably thought she was in her 'autumn' season as well, but God certainly didn't take that into account when He called her to go tramping around the world. You're just getting started, Mary.

  2. Aw, thanks for the encouragement, Kira. I appreciate it. Wow, that is amazing that Corrie Ten Boom got started at that age--and she wrote books too! Yay. What an inspiration. And thanks for the idea. I should do a review of the book! I loved it! :)