Stopconsuming.org seems, at first glance, to be part of a movement to raise awareness about the growing culture of consumerism in American churches and American Christians. This idea, of course, is something that has been bugging me lately.
Anyway, I think that the Shema movement (which is the movement associated with the website) wants to encourage people (Christians) to get out of a consumers mindset and go do something-no matter what that something is-for the sake of Christ.
I'm not going to jump into any movement for the sake of being in a movement. I'm not that kind of activist. I'm not any kind of activist, really. Rather, I think I am one of those consumers. This could account for my disgruntled-ness as what bothers me about others is the same thing that bothers me about myself. I'm not doing anything. I sit at church and compare bands and judge sermons and then leave relatively unchanged.
I wonder if I've become fat with Jesus or overfilled. A glass that has been overfilled with water spills over and creates a mess. Indeed, water is necessary. But too much water is destructive. I wonder if this is my problem. I'm overfilled and instead of doing something with all the excess, it has become destructive. I am cynical, overly critical, angry, arrogant and lazy.
So now I just need to figure out what to physically do. I don't know if being angry at "x-brand Christianity" means I should do something about x-brand Christianity or if I'm mad at x-brand because I am x-brand to some extent. In that case I should do something about being x-brand. Maybe it is a little of both. I guess I'll let you know when I find out.
As always, feel free to leave comments, especially if you know a little something more about this Shema thing.