Thursday, March 27, 2008
I was recently part of a coversation. It was around a table - the kind of place where Jeus often talked about the ways of the kindom. The topic of talk was the cost of running a family, and I found it more than a bit frustrating. There wasn't anything wrong with the conversation, and yet I sensed that it was fundamentally flawed as a follower of Jesus. The basic conversation embodied the cost of buying groceries and consumer goods at places such as Walmart or elsewhere. Walmart seemed to win the day as more stuff can be purchased at this chain of life sucking stores than most anywhere else on earth. There was brief discussion that perhaps other local stores treat their people better, perhaps pay better, but... But 'we don't really know', and 'who has the time for that stuff anyway?' Here is where I simply sighed internally and held my stomach so my intestines wouldn't explode. Do we really care simply for ourselves and how much stuff we can buy with our dollars? IF this is the case, the command to love our neighbor doesn't really extend to our purses and wallets. If this is the case, we are nearly as selfish as my two year old daughter who has little time for things beyond her world where she rules as queen. That may seem like an unfair analogy, but. Our purchases fund things. They fund our way of life. They also fund fairness and goodness when we purchase fairly traded items. They fund quite the opposite when we allow ourselves to buy things with only our own bottom line at stake. It seems followers of Jesus in such a rich place as America need to take a stand - need to begin to believe that the things they purchase really do have an impact beyond our own localized families. Maybe we can begin to pray "Your kingdom come on earth as it is in the heavens" and really believe it is more than 'simply about me.'
Posted by Randy Buist at 12:04 PM