TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that war within you. (James 4:1, NCV)
Dig Deeper: James 4:1-6
What most [Americans and Canadians] hold in common is a consumer worldview. Consumerism is a supremely narcissistic worldview in which everything’s value is determined by its usefulness to me. I stand at the centre while everything and everyone orbits around me.
Consider the way we shop. Little, if any, thought is given to the story behind a product, the people who made it, or the lives it affects. We act as if the item appeared magically on the shelf simply for our use, and when it is no longer useful we are justified in throwing it away and buying a new one. This same mindset can be applied to people. When a marriage is no longer satisfying my desires, I can end it and try a new one. When a church community is no longer meeting my needs, I will attend a different one. And the fact that there are more men, women, and children in slavery today than at any other time in history-approximately 27 million-show the tragic impact of this self-centered mindset on the most vulnerable. Horrors like slavery, sex-trafficking, abortion, euthanasia, and genocide are only possible when people are seen as commodities-measured by their usefulness and not by their inherent worth.
– Skye Jethani in With
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