Friday, September 12, 2008

Consumerism

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have a breakfast meeting with Phil Wall a great leadership coach and speaker. Amongst many interesting and challenging things he mentioned something about a cause v's consumerism. Stupidly I did not write it down at the time so I asked him in an email to clarify it for me. Here was his reply:

"My point is that one of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is a cause beyond consumerism. In a capitalist system like ours, the only real vision we put out in front of kids is to be a part of the consumption party. I think this is destructive to their spirits, minimizes their development & creative expression, rapes the planet and falls far short of what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom."

This is a disease that afflicts every area of our lives and it has even drifted into our Church lives. People now shop for a church. I understand that if they are looking for a place that fits their style all churches do not fit all people. But if it is just a check list of things that I want in a church and if it hits all the right spots then I will give it the opportunity to meet my needs, then we have missed the point.

Church exists not for the Christians but for those yet to become Christians. That's the cause and all that it requires of you is - everything.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great especially the last guy i hope the new MKCC will build a drive past also Is this in the new building plan

Anonymous said...

Quite interesting i think it is a good idea to have these drive by church for real

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