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Superaaron5 Stars Out Of 5counter culture is a winnerFebruary 19, 2018SuperaaronQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5easy fun read
Tom M5 Stars Out Of 5Piercing and PracticalOctober 23, 2017Tom MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David Platt does masterful job of revealing the depths of the pain in peoples lives as a result of each topic he covers. You feel ownership of their pain due to his masterful storytelling ability. Then he shows you the heart of God toward the problem and the people involved from scripture. He then provides practical steps on how to be involved in joining God in fighting back against the darkness. I think thats what I enjoyed most. If it breaks the heart of God, and these topics surely do, then it should break mine, but what do I do next with these enormous problems. I can I pray and become involved with and/or give to ministries that are already sent by God to put the gospel and Gods heart on display locally and around the globe.
As with everything David Platt writes, he skillfully calls me to account as to wether I am living for Gods glory and His kingdom or my glory and my kingdom.
Bill Q5 Stars Out Of 5Relevant, biblically on point, and practicalJune 11, 2015Bill QQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David Platts Counter Culture is the first of my summer reading books, and was a great book with which to start, though I almost put it down after just the second page of his introduction, when he wrote: I am greatly encouraged when I see such compassion, conviction, and courage in the church today. As I listen to the way contemporary Christians talk (especially, though not exclusively, younger evangelicals), I perceive a fierce opposition to injustice Im smack in the middle of the baby boomer generation just turning 61 and found this, and some of his following comments almost inflammatory and somewhat nave as if the millennials are the first generation to figure out this Christianity thing.
But then I realized I need to exercise some compassion of my own for two reasons: (1) Pastor Platt is relatively young and, as each generation does, we gain a lot of wisdom between our thirties and our sixties. (2) Pastor Platt redeems himself by referencing Francis Schaeffers deeply thoughtful commentary on the same subject that We as Christians are locked in a conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ. (page 19)
The difference between Schaeffer and Platt however, is that Schaeffer calls for a systemic response to the spiritual warfare in addition to a personal response, while Platt limits his writing to a call for a personal response, even though he bemoans the institutional churchs lack of response on many of the social injustice issues (page xii). Others can argue whether that is enough or not, though Im reminded of Neos choice of a red pill or a blue pill. Schaeffers generation took the red pill and chose to confront the cultural reality though poorly so in the end. Millennials, so far - the blue pills - failing to recognize how culturally infiltrated the western evangelical church has become. Isnt that what underlies the premise that some of the issues Pratt addresses are easy to engage? On popular issues like poverty and slavery, where Christians are likely to be applauded for our social action, we are quick to stand up and speak out. Yet on controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion, where Christians are likely to be criticized for our involvement, we are content to sit down and stay quiet. (page xiii)
Regardless, my opinion of Counter Culture: Platt provides one of the most thoughtful, direct, and scripturally-based series of arguments for a God-centered view of the various social ills he addresses since Schaeffer: from poverty to same sex marriage; from abortion to racism. Platt provides an overview of both Old Testament and New Testament teachings on each subject, explains how to interpret and apply OT/NT variously, and provides illustrations of applying these principles. One would do well to spend a good deal of time studying his teaching on these scriptures and integrating such a biblical perspective into ones world view and faith.
However, after such powerful and clear teaching on the biblical perspective on these issues, I think Pratt wimps out a bit in his call for a personal, spiritual response. His suggestions for a personal response to the widows and orphans chapter, for example, is barely ten lines and he could have provided specific response steps in addition to broad suggestions, as well as suggestions for further reading and resources on each subject. Some readers may find broad suggestions sufficient, but I suspect there will be many readers whose souls will be pricked by the Spirit to respond in some way and find such more difficult without more specific suggestions.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Living the gospel in today's cultureMarch 7, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Platt has a serious message for Christians. We have done well in feeling compassion for and ministering to the hurt and mistreated. But what about controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion, issues where we might be criticized for our work?
Rather than focusing on the rightness or wrongness of such issues, Platt concentrates on bringing the gospel to them. His goal for the book is the application of the gospel to social issues. He encourages Christians to a self-sacrificing commitment to go, give, and serve. He desires we seek how individually as Christians and collectively in our churches the Spirit of Christ is leading us to compassionate action in our culture. (21) To that end he has included First Steps to Counter Culture at the end of each chapter, with suggestions for prayer, participation, and proclamation.
Topics covered include poverty (and our attitude toward money), abortion, widows and orphans, definition and practice of marriage, sexual immorality, sex slavery, ethnicity and immigration, religious freedom and intolerance. In the end he reminds us that mankind's most urgent need is the gospel.
Platt's suggestions may be surprising. The purpose in addressing sexual immorality, he writes, is not to rail against the dominance of sexual sin in the culture around us but to expose the depth of sexual sin that lies within us. (166)
I liked that he set the record straight on legislating morality. He writes, The state not only has the right but also the responsibility to legislate morality. (70)
You will not be encouraged to picket abortion clinics in this book. You'll be encouraged to work at a pregnancy care center and befriend a pregnant teen. You'll be encouraged to adopt orphans and sponsor orphan care. You'll be encouraged to live out the gospel, not just talk about it.
This is a great book for church boards, pastors, and directors of Christian organizations to read. There are teaching videos available as well as personal study materials.
Food for thought:
Referencing sinful indifference, Moral and political neutrality here is not an option. (71)
ArchieBuffal, New YorkAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5great readMarch 2, 2015ArchieBuffal, New YorkAge: 55-65Gender: maleI loved this book. The title says it all. If you are looking for a book that looks at issues facing today's Christians from a biblical perspective, then this book is for you. I highly reccomend this book!