Thursday, August 21, 2008

Overturning the coffee shop tables

Jared Wilson offers some hard-hitting observations on the church and suburbia:
The suburbs smother the Christian spirit.

I know, because I live in suburbia. The message of the suburbs -- heck, the message of the city too, the message of culture -- is self-empowerment. Self-enhancement. Self-fulfillment. Self is at the center, and all things serve the self. (Self-service!) Suburbia's highest virtues are convenience, abundance, and comfort. In suburbia you can have it all, and you can get it in a super-sized cup with an insulated sleeve.

The suburbs birthed the megachurch and its attractional paradigm, and this odd conflation of consumerist values and Christian religion has birthed a perverted sense of Christian entitlement. The suburbs have been good for spread of the prosperity gospel beyond the consumer ghetto of the poor.
Jared goes on to offers ways of subverting the rhythms of suburbia.


Blogger Vicki said...

Excellent post, sad as this truth is. Thanks for the link...I'll keep reading. Appreciate your blog.

4:01 PM, August 21, 2008  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for saying so, Vicki. Peace.

8:44 AM, August 22, 2008  

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