Christian Consumerism

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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!


About Ken Winton

Ken Winton is a transparent conversationalist; his inspiring teachings have motivated companies of people around the world into living their lives lighter. Ken is edgy, relatable, some times a goof, but always influential. Ken is an international speaker, author, musician and hosts his own radio show, podcasts and blogs and most of all, loves to go on walks with his wife Becky. When Ken is not on the road he frequents his favorite coffeehouse to sip on a cup of caffeine and chat with the locals. Ken resides in Chico California with his wife, three kids, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law and a whole mob of five glorious grand-kids. And, by the way each grandchild is his favorite.
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5 Responses to Christian Consumerism

  1. I think the problem is also with the churches. They have failed to adapt to the new culture we live in. They have also failed in communicating to people that they truly care (or maybe they don’t care).

  2. David, your thoughts speak current realities, but I am reminded… what Jesus prays for He gets. He prayed, Father make them one as we are one (John 17:20-23). I (we) know a day is coming when the Church will shine as she knows who she is and we become one in the spirit just like Jesus and the Father are one. We have the same Father as Jesus!

  3. lyonheart46 says:

    The answer to this problem is simple ….. If someone doesn’t like something about the church, put them in charge of the change, Nothing shuts up people who sit in the seat of Criticism faster,”To Paraphrase ….. put up or shut up!”. Sounds cruel and unchristian but I believe that is exactly how God himself handles it, whenever you Judge — God puts you in their shoes. After time people learn to appreciate the efforts of people who take the time to serve God in this matter.

    • Ken Winton says:

      I see your point Gene, but I believe as each of us focuses on Jesus then He is all we are consuming and amazingly we are satisfied. Even if someone steps up to tackle the problem they see in the church they run a high risk of not focusing on Jesus but only focus on the problem!

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