What term has been overused and made to mean less than “In God we trust?” We read it on our money and politicians fling it around with no real meaningWhat term has been overused and made to mean less than “In God we trust?” We read it on our money and politicians fling it around with no real meaning. As an American, I believe I may have become numb to it and have probably even forgot what it means.
That is why it was so refreshing to read
Click this image to purchase book from Barnes & Noble Steve Ham’s In God We Trust: Why Biblical Authority Matters For Every Believer. Ham doesn’t live in America, but rather in Australia, so he is able to give a perspective on the phrase that isn’t focused on America. Rather, Ham explores how the term “In God we trust” should affect the beliefs of Christians.
Ham presents the case that the true Christian has an axiom of understanding that must jump from the belief that every word of scripture is true. Sounds simple but in this day of post-modern thought and acceptance, Ham contends that this sort of belief is becoming more rare. Can one accept Christ as Savior without believing that the creation story is true and accurate? Can one accept that God is sovereign without believing that Samson literally killed a lion with the jawbone of a donkey? Ham answers those questions in the negative and his book is a pleading for Christians to reevaluate their axiom of belief.
This is a wonderful book and had me questioning some of my beliefs regarding the Bible and how seriously I took certain passages. Has our storybook approach to Christianity really given God the appropriate authority that His word demands and broadcasts? Ham’s book will help the reader to look at who has the authority in their life, their worship, their beliefs, and their families.
Do yourself a favor, buy this book, read it, and share it with someone.
Read this and other reviews at www.thispilgrimland.com Is the American Christian life today any different that that of our fellow non-believing mankindRead this and other reviews at www.thispilgrimland.com Is the American Christian life today any different that that of our fellow non-believing mankind? That seems to be the question that David Platt is asking in his book Radical. Upon his observation when asking himself this question, he returned with an answer of NO. I could not agree more. Just based upon my own life, I know that my life as a Christian is not all that different from my neighbor who either doesn’t care or doesn’t even know about Christ.
This isn’t a new question though and is certainly not a new observation. Historically, Christian writers have been asking and pleading with Christians to turn their lives away from the world that is so very appealing to our lusts. Platt is another in a long line who has the courage to stand up and say something about it and I applaud him for such. Platt does a wonderful job in this book of presenting to the Christian the hard evidence of the gospel of Jesus Christ and exactly how this good news changed the lives of those first New Testament Christians. Platt pulls no punches in pointing out how people who call themselves Christians today no longer live as though they are changed by Christ. Platt points out many areas in which American Christians are nothing more than status-quo with the rest of society and he does not fall short of pointing that the only answer to this question is a renewed vigor and faith in the good news of Jesus Christ.
At the same time though, Platt offers a version of the social gospel that comes close to unraveling what I feel is his overall intent. Platt encourages the reader to be more charitable in many parts of the book. What discourages me about the way it is presented is that one could walk away believing that by giving all their stuff away to charity or to a faith-based initiative, they have done something pleasing to God. I don’t find Biblical backing of that teaching and while Platt does a good job of identifying specific individuals who have sold their lives out for the missionary cause, there is still a hint of “give your stuff away and let others carry out the great commission for you.” That’s the danger of the social gospel. You may start buying cheaper hand soap, but if you’re not out yourself teaching others the gospel, you don’t need the soap anyway because you never got your hands dirty.
I hate to even be that critical of the book because I feel Platt has produced a very good work here. I don’t know if the last chapter of step-by-step, follow this program of Christianity serves any value (such things make me nervous), but take that one chapter out and this is a valuable book for 21st century Christians.
I would recommend this book to others with the small disclaimers above. I think that there is a great deal of good in this book and as a Southern gentleman myself, it feels nice to see someone nearby receiving such acclaim for a great effort. This book would make a good Christmas present and I suggest you follow one of the product links in this post and purchase a copy for yourself.