David Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church near Washington, D.C., and founder of Radical, a resource ministry that serves churches. | Baptist Press/Adam Covington
Pastor and author David Platt issued an urgent call to those in the Church to transform their compassion for a lost world into action and truly live out what they claim to believe. He condemned apathy as “wickedness.”
Platt recently released his latest book, Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need (Multnomah). The book, penned after a trek through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, highlights the plight of those suffering around the world and calls on Christians to do their part to bring physical, emotional and spiritual healing to such individuals.
On Wednesday night, Platt hosted the Something Needs to Change Simulcast at McLean Bible Church, where he stressed that the “entire Christian life begins when we realize something needs to change.”
“It’s impossible to be a Christian without change,” Platt began. “We are continually being changed more and more into the image of Jesus … It’s what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and it’s what it means to make disciples of Jesus, which is what we’ve all been called to do.”
“This is everybody’s greatest need in the world; the need to change, the need to be changed … by the love of Jesus. Girls need to be rescued from trafficking. People need to be saved from preventable diseases. Men and women need to hear the Gospel before they die. In order for change like that to happen in the world, there’s some change that needs to happen in us.”
Change is not just necessary, Platt contended, but it’s possible, as well.
“Something needs to change, and something can change,” he posited, adding that those who have been changed by God should be the ones most aware that change is possible.
“The problem is, I talk with a lot of people in the Church, and it’s like we don’t believe that,” he said. “A lot of people look at a world of urgent need and think it’s impossible to change the number of people trafficked, in poverty, and those who haven’t heard the Gospel.
“It’s like we settle into a reality where we know there’s a need in the world, but we don’t see a way we can change it. It’s called fatalism and it’s wickedness … it’s evil, it’s sinful, and God has not called any of us to live this way.”
Citing James 4:13-17, the pastor said three words summarize how change can happen: “Urgent, humble action.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett