Here’s some interesting and stinging quotes from Steve Bush. Check out the full blog here:
“The combination of technology and capitalism has created an unprecedented phase in human history and seen the emergence of a new form of humanity: homo consumeris. The soulcrafting activities of mass media and marketing agencies fashion personalities that are terminally bored, ever desiring, devoted to their own never achieved fulfillment, and addicted to sensory stimulation and titillation…”
“Many Christians turn to mega-churches, which pander to the cravings for professionalized entertainment and sensory stimulation. The mega-churches will never foster real spiritual agency in their faithful, since the whole church exists on a tacit agreement with the congregants that the church will fulfill needs, satisfy desires, and produce entertaining performances. The mega-church wholeheartedly accepts the homo consumeris on its own terms and mistakenly views such a human soul as compatible with Jesus’ project.”
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Thats makes me think about a question I was asked a couple days ago… “How was church today?” It took me a second to answer. I thought about it and said… “its the same as it always is.” The person posing the question said “well isn’t there some kind of sermon?” I said “sure there is but it was still the same as it always is.” I haven’t thought about “church” that way in a while. A few months ago, without thinking about it, I asked some friends from our church the same question about a liturgy Nicole and I had missed and they looked at me and just blinked. I stopped and laughed and then sarcastically asked if the worship was up to par tonight. I used to ask and get asked that kind of thing all the time without even thinking about it.