If Platt's Radical was radical

"If Platt's Radical was radical" Continued...

(5) Where's the love? I was hoping that the language of love would permeate the book since Jesus named love as the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) . What releases people from loving the American Dream is radical obedience motivated by love in order to love others justly. Before going to the "inner city" we must be challenged to articulate what it means to love God and others to avoid hurting people we intend to help. Also, Platt mentions the role of baptism in connection to radical obedience, but what truly demonstrates the radical scope of missional love are the implications of the Lord's Supper for Christian engagement with culture.

The book concludes by encouraging readers to live radically for one year but does not provide readers with a model of sustainable spiritual formation in the primary forms of love, like justice, mercy, and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23), nor the cardinal virtues like prudence (James 1:5), fortitude (1 Corinthians 16:13), self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7), and humility (1 Peter 5:5). God calls us to live radically for cosmic redemption but with wisdom and discernment. To be fair, Platt's book is not intended to be a theology textbook and seems intended to be an introduction. A book this short will miss a lot. Nevertheless, Radical will remain a powerful revivalist challenge to those of us who are Reformed and tend to get so caught up in restoring creation that we forgot that Jesus expects us to always tell people about Him.

Anthony Bradley
Anthony Bradley

Anthony is associate professor of religious studies at The King's College in New York and serves as a research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He is author of The Political Economy of Liberation and Black and Tired. Follow Anthony on Twitter @drantbradley.


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