The following is a conversation I had with someone at a local coffeehouse.
“There are simply no good churches in our city!” Mary stated with vigor.
“Have you been to every church in our city?” I asked.
“Well, no but every church we have visited has been dead, rude or full of themselves,” she clamored.
“The worship didn’t pull me into God, the preaching was boring and no one greeted us nor spent any time with us after the sermon.” she added.
I just stared at her as she continued to announce her dissatisfaction with the local churches.
What I was experiencing was “Christian Consumerism”.
What is Christina Consumerism? Christian consumerism occurs when we approach Christianity as consumers rather than seeing it as a way of life, rather than seeking God and God alone. In other words, what do I get from this local church or ministry?
Christianity becomes just one more brand we consume along with Gap, Apple, and Starbucks to express identity.
Don’t misunderstand me, the problem is not Gap, Apple and Starbucks, they are fine products. Approaching Christianity as a brand (rather than a worldview) explains why the majority of people who identify themselves as born-again Christians live no differently than other Americans.
According to George Barna, “Most churchgoers have not adopted a biblical worldview, they have simply added a Jesus fish on the bumper of their unregenerate consumer identities.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines consumerism as, “The promotion of the consumer’s interests.”
Make no mistake about it, we were created to consume. The issue is what do we consume? I think David pointed us to our One true “interest”.
“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.” Psalms 27:4
Since you were created to consume, then it only makes sense you should consume the One who satisfies. Jesus is not just the One who satisfies the best, He is the only One who satisfies.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me live lighter today!