What am I doing posting on a Tuesday? Didn’t I decide to cut back blogging to three days a week?
Here’s the answer. Today’s post is devoted to an online book club I’ve joined with almost 200 other readers.
Does the title scare you? It scares me. A lot.
I really don’t know why I got into this book club right now. It’s not like I need more to do. It’s not like I don’t have enough to read. And what’s wrong with the American dream anyway?
Let’s just say the first chapter lived up to the title.
In Chapter One, author David Platt challenges our spiritual presuppositions that “bigger is better.” He points out, for example, that Jesus probably would have failed Marketing 101. Case in point: Jesus only had 120 followers at the end of his ministry. And when new recruits inquired about joining him, he didn’t say, “come along for a fun ride” or “give me a trial run and you won’t be disappointed.”
Instead, he said things like, “sell all your possessions” and “leave your homes.” Some would say that he actually tried to talk people out of following him.
Obviously, the Christian church has grown leaps and bounds since those first 120 recruits. But maybe, just maybe, those of us who claim to follow Jesus need to ask ourselves, who are we really following?
As Pratt asks, have we invented “[a] nice, middle-class, American Jesus?” (p.13)
Pratt goes so far as to say that maybe we’re not worshipping Jesus at all:
“We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is who we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshipping ourselves.” (Ibid.)
Want to join me next week for Chapter Two?