Consumerist Christianity - Hope 103.2

Consumerist Christianity

By David ReayThursday 7 Nov 2013LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Corinthians 5:15

And he died for all,so that those who live might live no longer for themselves,but for him who died and was raised for them. (NRSV)

A man called Copernicus once stirred up controversy by suggesting the earth revolved around the sun. Until that time,it was assumed the earth was the centre of the known universe. Copernicus was right. We were not at the centre of the universe,and even now we know we are a mere speck in its vastness.

Every follower of Jesus has to undergo this so-called ‘Copernican Revolution’. A realisation that we are not at centre stage. God does not exist to serve us,but we exist to serve him. We can so easily drift into a sort of consumerist Christianity. We want to live a certain sort of life and see God as the means by which we do this. We become mere consumers of God’s ‘goodies’.

Of course God gives us things to enjoy,and going his way brings benefits this side of heaven as well as heaven itself. But this is not the main game. This is God’s world,not ours. Jesus is Lord,not us. We aim to extend God’s rule,not our own.

As Paul says in this text,Jesus didn’t come to earth to live and die and rise again in order that we get on with self-centred living with a bit of divine help. He wants to turn things upside down and round about. We take ourselves out of the centre and place the risen Jesus in that place. We then humbly and gladly play our supporting roles,believing he is the director,writer,and lead actor in the play.

David Reay