Tuesday, March 14, 2006
PostModern Workshop Part 4
Our Western culture is ate up with consumerism. I tell my students all the time to beware of life because everything we do, every decision we make revolves around consumerism. Particularly the "teen" world, but not excluding the rest of life.
I have recently finished a book that deals with the issue, along with many others, quite extensively. You can check it out here. As the book suggests, we have got to find a way to subvert this consumeristic lifestyle that has been drilled into our heads. In order to do this, we must imagine life to be different. We cannot settle for the life that we are living right now.
Our allegiance is not to our economy. Our allegiance is to Christ. We must find ways to set ourselves "free." The church continually tells us that the point of this life is not to obtain possessions because our "treasures are laid up in heaven." Then why do most "church" going folks fall in line with the rest of society when it comes to possessions? I know, I know...I'm just as guilty as the next person, but its got to be said. When will we wake up?
I don't know, perhaps I am turning into some left-wing hippie, but everything is connected. My so called "happiness" because of the things I own is tied to "slavery" of another form in other countries. If God's will is to be "done on earth as it is in heaven," then why do we live the way we do? With an insatiable appetite for more and more.
Let me know what you think?
For a better informed view visit here.
Proof that there is hope for us all!
Seriously, though - good thoughts. I am preaching a sermon Sunday called "The Madness of the Marketplace" based on John 2 where JC shouts out, "Stop making my Father's house a marketplace." Right up this same alley!
Peace, my fellow hippie,
Seeking first the Kingdom of God, is at the root of a life of peace and contentment. Pursuing the things of this world without a foundation of faith is vanity indeed.