Tag Archive - consumerism

What Would Jesus Do?

I’ll tell you what he would do. A lot of the things Narayanan Krishnan is doing. If this video doesn’t wreck you, I don’t know what will.

We have too much stuff. We waste so much time with nonsense.

Narayanan violates his own faith to love people. Loving people is central to our faith, but we don’t do it.

I think I’ll rewatch this video every time I think I need something I don’t have, or that I am doing a pretty good job at being a Christian.

America’s Religion

I recently read an article in the theology blog, “The Huffington Post” that struck me.  Probably because I have blogged on the topic of consumerism numerous times.  The post is titled “Sacred Brands: Consumerism as Modern Religion”

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You’re Doing It Wrong

Big question for you today:

If you were to skip church this Sunday, would anyone miss you?

I don’t mean would your friends notice, although it is good to be connected!  What I mean is this:  What vital church functions would go undone?  What programs would suffer?  What needs would go unmet?

If the answer is none, then you are doing it wrong.

Let it sink in.  Feel free to feel convicted.  If the shoe fits…

Am I condemning you?  No.  Well, maybe.  Let me ask this:  Why do you go to church?  What is the point?  (If this sounds familiar, I might have mentioned it before.)  Are you going to be fed?  To learn?  To see friends?  To hear the band?  None of these are bad things.  (To be honest, the majority of our idols aren’t even bad things.  They are good things done wrong.)  But if Sunday morning is all about you, or all about you feeling God, then you’re doing it wrong.

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Living Among the Rich

If you make $25,000 per year (about $12.50/hr) you are in one of the top 10% richest people in the world!
If you make $35,000 per year, that puts in in the top 5%.
If you make $45,000 per year, you are in top 1.72% richest people in the world!

Check your exact income here:  http://www.globalrichlist.com/

Considering that most households have more than one income earner, it’s no wonder that the rest of the world think that American’s are (1) incredibly wealthy, and (2) whiners.  And they are right on both counts.

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Moving Past Milk

After yesterday’s post, I received some questions asking how to identify what is milk and what is meat. A good question. I guess for me it makes most sense to go about the answer two ways. One is to look at some milk/meat topics, and the other is to look at the individual. The former is like asking a pediatrician what your child should be fed, and the latter is like looking at your child’s development on a growth chart to compare where they are to where they should be.

The end of Hebrews 5 talks about milk vs. meat, and the writer laments that they have not moved past milk yet. In the beginning of the next chapter, he goes on to explain what some “milk” teachings are:

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