Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Plasma-screen idolatry

Dan Edelen recently visited Best Buy for the first time in two years. For some reason, his visit prompted a scathing post on the idolatry of consumerism:
I’ve been writing about the Holy Spirit quite a bit lately, and I think the American Church’s understanding of Him may explain our Big Box Altars. I believe that we made the Lord a mental exercise. The Enlightenment inflicted a dire wound on our grasp of the Faith. We turned the Faith that enlivens us into something we cognitively assent to. Yet in doing so, we stripped the passion, the intense feelings of intimacy, that accompany faith in Christ. Our churches transformed into dim depositories of hazy reflections of what it means to be aflame with love for Jesus.
Ouch.

2 Comments:

Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Thanks, Milton. I just hope we some day get to the place that we make sure we've met other people's basic needs before we start lavishing ourselves with the stuff of this world.

2:52 PM, April 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right. Peace.

Milton

4:41 PM, April 04, 2007  

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