Our Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd

_225_350_Book_492_coverRonnie Floyd’s book, Our Last Great Hope, hinges upon what he refers to as “a mission statement so basic a young child can grasp it:”

Tell every person in the world about Jesus Christ and make disciples of all nations.

Floyd goes on to detail the need for Christians today to take this concept seriously, reminding his readers that the Great Commission was not a simple suggestion from our Lord, but rather a calling to be a part of the story that God is writing.

Overall, I had mixed feelings about Floyd’s book. Initially, I had trouble getting into the book. His often trite writing style coupled with traditional Christian rhetoric made it difficult for me to fully invest my mind into what I was reading.

Beyond the literary aspects, however, I was often troubled by Floyd’s cavalier approach to Church history, stemming from what I can only assume is an ends-justifies-the-means mindset, or simple ignorance. I hesitate; for fear that I am perhaps picking too hard on a small thing. But, when a writer is driving home the importance of evangelism by showing examples of great individuals from the past that impacted this world and God’s Kingdom because someone else shared the Gospel with them, the responsibility to be accurate falls on the author. His treatment of the Moravians and the conversion of the Wesley brothers is an excellent illustration. His simplified version of the story leaves out the literary efforts of Martin Luther, which served as the actual conversion moment for Charles Wesley.

Still, in spite of my own concerns with the text, Floyd does have some excellent points to make regarding the need for evangelism. His most powerful chapter is entitled “Desire It Deeply.” Floyd writes about the effect becoming a Christian has on an individual’s mindset, and he strikes just the right note when he says:

The smallest things now have value, because they are a part of the fabric of God’s work; things that once seemed all-important are now mere means toward an all-embracing passion of serving the Lord.

It is the sparse and scattered passages like that which kept me from abandoning the book. The occasional moment of beauty and wisdom that surface in Floyd’s writing undergird the greater purpose of his message.

In the end, I think the average Christian would find Floyd’s book encouraging and perhaps challenging. However, for the mature in Christ, I think Our Last Great Hope will fall flat upon theirs ears, leaving them desiring something more.


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