Monday, April 24, 2006

Consuming Church

Is this true?

The language of commerce, I am more and more convinced, is the antithesis of Kingdom Living. We subvert our own message when we talk in consumerist terms. Consumerism is a kind of spiritual formation—it teaches and shapes people to be a certain kind of person—a taker….not the kind of person we are attempting to shape and form—a giver. I don’t think this is a minor point or an argument of semantics. Come back at me if you disagree… We are in the people business and can be innovative, creative, out of the box without pandering to consumerism. It’s the image of God in us that calls for creativity and innovation, not a market focus!!

For a larger discussion of this issue, see the thread at the Out of Ur blog on leadership in the church.

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