“We live in a world in which the possibility of human sacredness–that God-inspired idea that our lives have essential value, and should not be reduced to what we consume–has never been more under threat.” RZIM Senior Vice President Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing points us toward a unique way of seeing the world, one which does not diminish us but is realistic about our selfishness, and offers us nothing less than transformation of the human heart.
We live in a context where we are pursuing affluence, but experiencing emptiness.
What is at stake, says Jesus, is your whole sense of well-being as a person.
Reductionist consumerism is harming our mental health; it’s also harming the very environment of our planet.
What is so troubling about unbridled and unquestioned consumerism is it that it proceeds from a reductionist philosophy, a view of the human person, that narrowly defines men and women by their economic potential and the satisfaction of their material wants.
Outrage in the face of injustice makes sense to us as human beings because we instinctively sense, ‘this is not the way things are meant to be.’ But is that impulse really rational?
If life is in some way sacred, we would all have ways of seeing and knowing this to be true.
Our emptiness and our longings, which can’t be satisfied by wealth, and can only be fulfilled with relationship with our creator; both that hunger, and our moral culpability, our need for a savior, both are accounted for in the Christian faith.
Make it Personal
How might we use our outrage at injustice, not as weapon to tear another person down, but to point to the One who makes sense of the injustice?
How does our recognition of another as being made in the image of God transform our moral outrage at injustice?
Why is selfishness and egoism, reductionist consumerism, antithetical to the Gospel of Christ?