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.
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)