This a response to “Follow Me” by David Platt.
While watching this video, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. The character named John that Platt is describing is a character who’s situation most of Western Church can identify with.
I grew up in a Evangelical tradition and can distinctly remember praying the “Sinner’s Prayer” every couple months just to make sure that Jesus heard me. As a young boy, I remember laying awake in my bed terrified that I was going to a place called “Hell” To make matters worse, I believed that saying a specific prayer could single handedly change my fate. The ignorance children like this makes most adults laugh. With remarks like: “look at (insert adorably cute child’s name here), they don’t get it, but we adults, we get it.” Do we get it?
When Jesus approached the disciples and said “follow me.” That was not an invitation to prayer. It was a death sentence. For some of them it would eventually be a literal martyrdom because of their faith in Jesus.But, at the time it meant a something very different. It was a call to give up their lives to join in the advancing of God’s Kingdom. Yet, as Platt continues, “Some 2,000 years later, amid varying cultural ties and popular church trends, we’ve virtually missed that call.”
I always enjoy talking to Christian seniors about the “golden years” of church. I’m smitten by their stories of church army, bible drills, thriving youth groups and uncountable conversions to Christianity. But something nags at me in the back of my mind. Is Christianity all about numbers? Have we gotten so caught up in church culture that we’ve reduced the great commission to: “Go in to all the world and convert the masses.”? Have we gotten so caught up in our service times, liturgies, trendy worship songs and fancy light shows, that we’ve forgotten to live the gospel?
“Are we really Biblically and personally following Jesus?” It’s a sobering thought.