David Platt on How the Gospel Frames the Social Issues of Our Day

| February 3, 2015

Poverty. Racism. Sex Slavery. Gay marriage. Immigration. Abortion. Porn. 

The subtitle’s even longer. Needless to say, David Platt is tackling a lot in his new book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans, and Pornography (Tyndale). To call these issues “relevant” is a pretty laughable understatement. American Christians are living and working and ministering amid a massive moral revolution. And while some matters on God’s revealed heart happen to resonate with current cultural sensibilities, others most certainly do not. So what are we to do? How should we respond? What does it look like to live and work and minister today with conviction and kindness, wisdom and valor, truth and love?

I corresponded with Platt, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, about what makes this is a unique moment in America, why the main issue in any culture is never abortion or homosexuality, and more.

Your new book is a challenge for Christians to live “counterculturally.” Is this message more urgent today than it’s ever been in America? Why?

The message of the gospel has always been countercultural, and the need for the…

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