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Consumerism vs. Worship
Posted By Eric Sammons On June 23, 2011 @ 12:35 pm In Eastern Christianity,Spirituality | Comments Disabled
Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington of the Orthodox Church in America, recently gave a talk  on importance of Christian asceticism in our modern consumerist society. It is a bit long, but I recommend that you print it out and read it in its entirety:
Among other things, living our life in Christ requires that we grasp the spiritual significance of two opposing forces with us:
- The flesh vs. the body
- The world vs. creation
In the current social context, and so for this evening’s conversation, let me please add another set of opposing movements in the human heart:
- Consumerism vs. worship
Following traditional Orthodox (and orthodox) theology, the first of these terms—the flesh, the world and consumerism—refer to humanity in rebellion against God. Even when we refer to “the world” we are referring to how creation has become disordered by human sinfulness. Because of Adam’s sin and mine, my body, the creation and the works of my hands have all become estranged from God. Not only that, they have also become sources for my estrangement. As we have become estranged from God, oblivious to God, the body, created matter and the works of our hands, have become idols. They become the means of endless distraction from the reality of God, of communion with one another, and from both life and death.
Thus the tragic paradox of the fall, the great tragedy of human sinfulness is this: the gifts of God have become distorted. Rather than drawing us closer to Him and to each other, we misuse the good things of God to our own harm, spiritually, morally, psychologically, socially and physically.
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You can also download a PDF  of the talk here.
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