Friday, April 24, 2009

Avoiding consumerism in preaching

"I am convinced that the most opaque curtain in North America blocking our view of God is consumerism. Therefore, it is our responsibility as preachers to name this darkness, show how it is warping our view, and pull it back from the eyes of our people. But critiquing the darkness is never enough. Once the curtain is removed, we must shine the light and illuminate a flaming vision of life with Christ in his kingdom. This is the inspiring sight that should fill our people and lift them to new heights. We must help them see the treasure in the field for which they would sell all they have to buy."


Blogger crallspace said...

I like that idea. Consumerism indeed is the dark cloud on many churches. Many people, I suppose.

11:47 AM, April 26, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yes, I think consumerism is the prevailing idolatry in the North American church. It's also probably the hardest one to defend against. Most Christians will admit that they ought not to be getting drunk, stealing, looking at pornography or beating their family members. But try telling a congregation that it could be sinful to own a McMansion and big new SUV and see what happens.

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10:10 AM, April 27, 2009  

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