Counter Culture (Hardcover)
COUNTER CULTURE: A COMPASSIONATE CALL TO COUNTER CULTURE IN A WORLD OF POVERTY, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, RACISM, SEX SLAVERY, IMMIGRATION, ABORTION, PERSECUTION, ORPHANS AND PORNOGRAPHY (Hardcover)
by David Platt
Welcome to the front lines. Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn – traditional marriage versus gay marriage, pro-life versus pro-choice, personal freedom versus governmental protection. Seemingly overnight, culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion. And as difficult conversations about homosexuality, abortion and religious liberty continue to inject themselves into our workplaces, our churches, our schools and our homes, Christians everywhere are asking the same question: How are we supposed to respond to all this? In "Counter Culture," New York Times bestselling author David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism and religious liberty – and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ. Drawing on compelling personal accounts from around the world, Platt presents an unapologetic yet winsome call for Christians to faithfully follow Christ into the cultural battlefield in ways that will prove both costly and rewarding. The lines have been drawn. The moment has come for Christians to rise up and deliver a Gospel message that’s more radical than even the most controversial issues of our day.
Ask a group of Christians what they think about poverty, sex trafficking or the orphan crisis, and you’ll probably get a pretty quick response. But ask that same group about gay marriage or abortion, and you’ll most likely be faced with a lot of nervous hesitancy or fuzzy answers.
In this day when social issues are creating clear dividing lines in society, moral and political neutrality is not an option for those who believe the Gospel. It’s simply not enough to focus on only those issues that are most comfortable – and least costly – to us.
But what if the main issue is not poverty or homosexuality or abortion? What if the main issue is God? What if the same God who moves us to war against sex trafficking also moves us to war against sexual immorality? What if the same Gospel that compels us to combat poverty also compels us to defend marriage? What if all of these cultural hot-button issues are connected to our understanding of who God is and how He relates to everything around us?
Join David Platt as he invites us to fix our gaze on the holiness, goodness, love, truth, justice, authority and mercy of God revealed in the Gospel and to live with conviction, courage and compassion in the midst of a culture that is drifting further from the truth every day.
“If a more provocative book has been written in the last 10 years, I haven’t read it. …
“Platt inspires Christians because he doesn’t apologize for Jesus and the Bible. We expect the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention not to back off Jesus’s claims to exclusivity in salvation. As Platt so memorably writes, ‘If there were 1,000 ways to God, we would want 1,001’ (14). He speaks against abortion as one who practices a consistent life ethic by adopting. And he condemns sexual immorality without finding all the faults in people unlike himself. He says, ‘I represent the class of people responsible for the vast majority of sexual immorality in the world today: male heterosexuals’ (165). …
“As Platt writes in the introduction, ‘In a world where everything revolves around yourself—protect yourself, promote yourself, comfort yourself, and take care of yourself—Jesus says, ‘Crucify yourself. Put aside all self-preservation in order to live for God’s glorification, no matter what that means for you in the culture around you’ (xiv). You can’t help but marvel at someone willing to take a stand when so many pastors bend their beliefs or simply keep them quiet. The spirit of early evangelical firebrands like George Whitefield and Gilbert Tennent permeates this book. …
“Platt resembles another historical evangelical leader in this work. Like Francis Schaeffer, Platt writes as the conscience of the movement, not by offering his own novel views, but by reminding you what’s written in the book you profess to believe. He’s not impressed by your moral posturing if it’s not backed by personal repentance. ‘No matter how many red Xs we write on our hands to end slavery,’ Platt says, ‘as long as these same hands are clicking on pornographic websites and scrolling through sexual pictures and videos, we are frauds to the core’ (124). … We still need books that rally the troops, because they’re deserting the camp in want of honest teaching. Sometimes the plain, painful truth is what we most need to hear.'
“‘We have settled into a status quo where we’re content to sit idly by while literally billions of people die without ever hearing the gospel,’ Platt writes. ‘Surely this is the greatest social injustice in the entire world, over and above all the other issues we have considered’ (247).
“This perspective may not be popular today, and guilt alone will not motivate change. But true love compels the followers of Jesus to carry out his Great Commission with courage and compassion even as we expect tribulation in this world (John 16:33).” – Collin Hansen, editorial director, The Gospel Coalition
About the Author
A life-long learner, Platt has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a bachelor of arts and bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Georgia, and a master of divinity, a master of theology and a doctor in philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as dean of chapel and assistant professor of expository preaching and apologetics, and as staff evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414373295
- ISBN-13: 978-1414373294
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces