Thursday, November 09, 2006

Consumerism & the Church

C.S. Lewis wrote: “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes.” He suggests that reading books from different time periods helps to correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. “And that means the old books.”
Consumerism and choice: this is the spirit of our age. It’s not that buying and selling things is bad. Or that an abundance of choices is evil.

These are inescapable facts of life. The danger is how such a culture distorts our ability to see. We’re trained to look at everything through a consumer lens: from goods, to services, to relationships, to God.

The problem is not the choices we’re presented with, but the basis on which we decide among them. And one of the “old books,” the Bible, helps us clarify the prevailing distortions of our present age.

-From Leadership Journal – Vol. XXVII Num. 3

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