“The default of our lives is hell,” David Platt–head pastor of the mega church Brook Hills, in Birmingham, Alabama and the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream–stated to a room of more than 700 people. I felt like my entire mentality surrounding the unreached peoples of the world was shattered, while at the same time, the overwhelming truth that Christ chose me sunk into my soul even deeper.
But David Platt wasn’t talking about me. He was talking about what I should be doing for “that innocent, unreached guy in Africa who has never had the opportunity to hear the gospel.” The guy who is headed straight to hell without the gospel. The fact is, that innocent, unreached guy does not exist in Africa, Papua Indonesia, Mongolia, China, or in any nation on earth.
God is just, which means he’s fair, right?
We think that God would never send anyone to hell who doesn’t have a chance to hear about Jesus. That’s not fair. Unfortunately, God isn’t fair in our sense of the word. Rather, he’s just, which is what makes his face so incredibly perfect and beautiful to look upon, and his presence so soul-fulfilling to stand in. But, his justice also means that no one is righteous (Romans 3:10), because in the face of his utter perfection, our layers of lies and prejudices become starkly obvious. David Platt’s flow of logic went something like this:
- God has revealed himself to all people through creation
- All people reject God
- Therefore, there are no innocent, righteous people in the world
- All people are condemned for rejecting God, regardless of whether they’ve heard of Jesus
What is our reaction?
4.5 billion people are headed to hell. We do not have the time to waste coasting through our lives, living for ourselves. We have all been given the command to use our gifts and resources to spread the Gospel in order to bring glory to God. Jesus says the harvest is now. What are you waiting for? (Honestly, I want to hear your response, what is keeping you from spreading the truth presented in the Bible?).
Here is the section of Platt’s sermon that I am referring to: Youtube
Also, I would highly recommend Platt’s book Radical as a resource for this.