Anytime I travel outside the country and come back it gets a little harder. It gets harder because I am faced with how drunk I am on materialism and the love of possessions. How I get upset over small things like not getting to eat at the restraunt of my choice or not getting a good parking spot. I hate materialism and being with people that seem to only care about earthly possessions…but what I hate more is that the very thing I hate in others I find in myself.
I am awestruck by the apathy of Americans towards what others are going through in the world. I have had many Christians tell me in the past few months that they do not really have a heart for missions or mission work. Is it possible to love God and his glory and not have a heart for missions?
I think we are all so drunk on materialism that we have become indifferent to others in the world because we are so busy keepin up with the jonses. I’m not saying having stuff is bad. I know alot of people who are monetarily blessed and use that to be a blessing to others. What I am talking about is how Americans seemed to be enamored with having stuff…and Christians many times are not much different. I wonder if the desire for churches to have multi-million dollar buildings is an adoption of materialism in the local church, that is disguised by some Bible verses that are taken way out of context? We are so drunk that we cannot care about others, all we can think about is when we can take our next drink. The following clip from Hotel Rwanda says it all. When faced with the suffering of others around the world…we simply keep eating and say, “that is too bad”.
What do you think…how can we be so indifferent?