Sunday, November 10, 2013

Affluenza, the greatest threat to Christianity

Today, Greg Boyd argued that the greatest threat to Christianity today is what is coined as Affluenza. This term was coined by the authors of the book, Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic. It is defined as:

  "a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debtanxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more"

Greg basically argued the pursuit of the "Great American Dream" stands in stark contrast with what it means to follow Christ.

This is a great reminder that the need and desire for bigger, better, more is really the opposite expression of what we should find as Christians- unsurpassable peace in Christ, not stuff. That God knows our needs and provides us with all we need. To hold all we have (our possessions and our lives) with an open hand, as belonging not to us, and freely willing to give, not hoard.

Running the rat-race is not the answer. Running against it is. Minimizing waste, finding creative solutions, sharing resources - that's more like the Kingdom.

People like Annie Leonard, or Bea from Zero Waste Home, have creative solutions that stand in contrast to this consumerist mindset of desire and entitlement.

What do you think? Does consumerism, or 'Affluenza', stand as the greatest threat to Christianity?

The teaching can be found in a link below (to be added later).

To learn more about affluenza, just google it! Or, here's a link to the documentary, Affluenza: