Offering the Consumerism Gospel
We live in a consumer-based culture, and we try to sell people on a Jesus that is easy to follow. When we sell the "Consumerism Gospel," can we really get frustrated when people bail out or drift off when things don't go so smoothly? It's easy for these same attitudes to carry over into church. We begin to think: It's my way, my desires and my preferences. If I don't get it my way, I'm done or I can go elsewhere. We put things above Jesus, whether it's wealth, comfort, causes, interests or dreams. Even when desiring to make disciples, we think that Jesus is a part of our life, when Jesus should be our life. He is life. Following Him requires our whole life.