Jesus called us to "Love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength. (Mark 12:30)" That means with every ounce of our beings we are to love God. Every love of anything else can only be seen through the love of God. Is that radical?
Jesus also called us to "Love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31)" Just as you naturally love your self and treat your self as the most important individual, so too are you to love others. The self that says "I want to be first in line," now says, "I want that person to be first in line." The self that says "I want to eat a hamburger," now says, "I should buy that homeless person a hamburger." Is the golden rule radical?
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)" Rather than walking across to the other side of the street, or not picking up the phone, we are called to love our enemies- to pray for them, do them good, and bless them. Is that radical?
Radical - "of or from the root, going to the foundation or source of something, extreme, thorough." Jesus never calls us to be radical. He calls us to give it our all. He calls us to empty our heart of everything but him. He calls us to follow him and him alone. Is that radical?
But David Platt is right. We, the church in the US have let the American Dream, and so much else, take us away from fulfilling the commands of Jesus. We sort of play with them
Ronald Meredith, in his book Hurryin’ Big for Little Reasons, describes one quiet night in early spring: Suddenly out of the night came the sound of wild geese flying. I ran to the house and breathlessly announced the excitement I felt. What is to compare with wild geese across the moon? It might have ended there except for the sight of our tame mallards on the pond. They heard the wild call they had once known. The honking out of the night sent little arrows of prompting deep into their wild yesterdays. Their wings fluttered a feeble response. The urge to fly—to take their place in the sky for which God made them—was sounding in their feathered breasts, but they never raised from the water. The matter had been settled long ago. The corn of the barnyard was too tempting! Now their desire to fly only made them uncomfortable. Temptation is always enjoyed at the price of losing the capacity for flight.
Come, let's fly! Let's pursue Jesus wholeheartedly! And yes, even though Jesus never called us to be radical, if that sounds radical, then go for it. Let's give it our all. Let's get radical for Jesus!
Peace be with you!