Stuff or Yourself

Dear Consumers,

All over the planet earth, advertising dollars are spent to convince us that we will find meaning through what we buy. As one church of England report puts it, “ Where previous generations found their identity in what they produced, we now find our identity in what we consume.” (Diana Butler –Bass , “Christianity for the Rest of Us, How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith.Pages 225-226.)

Christians have not eluded the power of consumerism that defines religious identity, tradition, and practice. Consumer culture is so powerful that it absorbs all other cultures. It is being argued today by many sociologist and theologians that consumerism has neutralized the power of Christianity to change to lives. We quite frankly are more devoted to the pursuit of stuff than the human relationships Jesus invites us into.

In Luke 16:19-31,  Jesus confronts the Rich Man that his wealthy and consuming ways compromised God's power to influence his life through relationships. Specifically the relationship he skipped over with the poor man named Lazarus. I invite you to read these 12 verses and pray. Pray to Jesus that you desire to repent (turn around) and build a relationship with someone you have avoided investing in with the God-given resource of yourself.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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