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I hope to see more dialogue about this.
I was thrilled to see the email, since I believe that following Jesus should influence what we do with our wealth. However, many Christians have little idea what they should do with their wealth and even if they think they know what to do, they may not be succeeding in actually doing it.
Christians should talk about wealth for both educational and accountability reasons. Now, I do not have much wisdom in these matters — I am young and I have had to make very few substantial decisions about wealth.
Nonetheless, I shared some things on the email list because I have thought about wealth a good deal and have done some reading to hear the ideas of others. Here is what I think: Consumerist Pressures Materialism — excessive concern with material possessions — is definitely common among people in the West.
I prefer to use the word consumerism, but these phenomena are, if not identical, then at least closely related. In Christian philosopher James K. Here he explains why we should pay attention to them: I want to give you a heightened awareness of the religious nature of many of the cultural institutions we inhabit that you might not otherwise think of as having anything to do with Christian discipleship.
By religious, I mean that they are institutions that command our allegiance, that view for our passion, and that aim to capture our heart with a particular vision of the good life.
He identifies the Mall in particular as one of these cultural liturgies, and tells us why it is harmful: By our immersion in this liturgy of consumption, we are being trained to both overvalue and undervalue things: He is not the only one to describe malls in this way, either: I have found several sources that say similar things.
Personally, I have rarely left a mall inspired to be a more generous and caring person. If Smith, Pahl, and others are right, then when we start to talk about our relationship to wealth, we must acknowledge that we are not doing it in a vacuum — we are surrounded by the pressures of consumerism.
Christian Response What, then, should Christians do? Christians should imitate Jesus, who, as Paul puts it in Phil 2: According to one set of statisticsChristians today give at 2. The first theatre of action for Christians, I believe, is in our own personal generosity and spending.
How can we orient our lives not around primarily around following everyone else or on our own material comfort, but rather on loving the world as Christ first loved us? We do not aim to be poor, and neither do we aim to be rich. Instead, we think about what we need.
Practical Steps Still, I can think of three practical steps for Christians; and particularly, for Christians around my college age: First, we can really think about the suffering of others and of our power to help, with our time, money, energy, and skills, now and in the future.
We can pray that God would use us to help the poor of the world. Second, we can imagine what kind of lives we should be living to live out radical generosity.
We can think about what these means now, but a primary way is to think about the future. What kinds of houses, vacations, pleasures, and foods to we imagine in our lives? We should try to envision for ourselves a life of radical generosity, and commit to it mentally.
Third, we can take steps now, even if small, to reach out to the poor and to deny ourselves comforts.
I like to have meals with the homeless sometimes, or share some food with them from the dining hall when I am fasting and skipping a meal. I also am in the practice of giving weekly to my church.
Not everyone should do the same things, and different people are certainly in different financial situations.
Christians, let us denounce materialism in the name of Jesus Christ, and use our resources to help those who suffer! Visited 2, times, 1 visits today Share On.A protest song is a song that is associated with a movement for social The era of civil and religious wars of the 17th century in Britain gave rise to the radical communist millenarian Levellers and and the first regular performing of 'People seeking music' held in Korean church th anniversary memorial in oct, after the.
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Smith identifies marketing as the evangelism of consumerism, with the happy, beautiful, hip people on TV serving as consumerism’s icons, saints for us to mimic. And he says that the church’s response to the power of the consumerism has often been consumerist as well – as “Jesufied” parody of the mall.
The earliest church was a mega-church. According to Acts the church went from believers to in one day. Acts says the number of Christians increased daily.
The unchurched were reached in large numbers – which eventually gave rise to the mega-churches of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s.
Success, right? Before we begin our celebration we might consider a fundamental problem that exists with this model of “doing church.” There is a problem that is inherently part of the “Consumer Church” model. Social & a discussion on how consumerism gave rise to the mega church Political Issues in America: Resources in desire versus morality in frankenstein by mary shelley The truman show and hierophonic visions the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley History of African Philosophy.