Heaven vs. The West?

5 07 2011

I’ve had a thought lately: the Western dream and the Eternal mindset are in constant conflict.

The Western Dream is fueled by a desire for comfort.

The Eternal Mindset is fueled by sacrifice.

Can there be a balance between the two.  Or, should there be a balance between the two. 

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5 07 2011
Steve Houser

I agree with your accessment. Western ideals and dreams are in stark contrast to gospel living and eternal mindset. Christ likeness necessitates giving up of ourselves and constantly reiventing our ideals to be more like him. And it is obvious from scripture that the more ready we are to die to ourselves; the more Christlike we are. Now I think the real question becomes; how do we rebel and lead other to rebel against the western dream?

5 07 2011
Jeffrey Stachmus

I like you train of thought (read Radikal if you haven’t) – – Thinking back to New Testament culture and the comfort of the society isn’t so far removed from our own. Any great society through the ages has had to battle the progress of mankind against the plan of God. Our self-importance and advancements are only valid when weighed against the Divine Providence that allowed them in the first place. Like the first church in Asia who fell from their First Love (Matt. 22:37), each great society / culture has become in love with itself and forgotten the Creator whose plan it was for us to reach our generations for Him. How amazing would the great empires have been had they hoisted the Gospel rather than the banner of man? How hard have we failed to lift it high in our communities and individual lives?
Contentment here and now is an illusion, the reality awaits for all eternity. Our comfort is found in sacrifice. Learning to live for others is the blessing of the Lord. What we pursue outside of that IS outside of that, outside His will. We want to get and gain and then say to others here, “Look at how God has blessed me.” We should rather give and give and when we fall before Him at the Great Throne say to all, “Look at how He has blessed me.” Then throw our crowns back to His feet.
Of course, easier said than done. Self or God. Me and mine or God and others. It’s all about priorities. When fueled with the truth a person can be a engine of change for others around him. Pray for more to begin using Divine “alternative” fuel rather than refueling themselves.
Love ya brother. Prayers for you and Marla from the valley of the sun.
Pastor Jeffrey

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