reading

so those of you who know me well…


know that i read alot.  i’ll read three to five books at a time.  with the move and the new job, i’m not reading as much, but soon i’ll be back in my rhythm.  i love all books.  i read fiction, biographies, how-to books.  you name it, i’ll read it, unless it’s instructions or an operation manual. 

books

i really like books that kick me in the gut.  Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus.  Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell & Don Golden.  etc…

i’ve been reading The Divine Commodity by Skye Jethani and i have to say, he really kicks hard.

i struggle quite often with myself and the things that i possess.  i mean i like my iphone and my Macbook.  i’m thankful for my home, cars, clothes.  i then remember the people in the earth that live in abject poverty and feel great sadness that they have nothing.  then i roll back over to, well i went to college, and i’ve worked hard for these things.  then i think wow, these are just things and i don’t deserve any of this.  you hopefully get my meaning.

i have tried on many occasions not to be a “consumer”, but i keep falling back into over consumption.  i look too much like everyone else. 

Jethani talks consumerism as it relates to Christians, if i take my “lack of purchasing control” to the  Christian bookstore, i feel a little better about myself than if i buy it at WalMart. 

“If being a Christian is not marked by a life of increasing righteousness, holiness, faithfulness, love, or justice, what remains to differentiate a follower of Christ from other people?  Perhaps that is the point.  If being a Christian involves no internal transformation, then an external transformation will have to suffice….Approaching Christianity as a brand explains why the majority of people who identify themselves as Christians live no differently than other Americans yet spend enormous amounts of money on Christian products.  Rather than adopting a biblical worldview, they have simply added a Jesus fish onto the bumper of their consumer identities.  And like the products they purchase, the branded Christian’s identity will always be more about image than substance.”

well i guess it’s time to go throw out all of my Tommy Hellfighter & got Jesus shirts. (if you really know me, you know that i don’t have any of those shirts)

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