Our economy sucks.
No, I’m not talking about America’s current financial crisis stupidity. I’m talking about the basis of our entire economic system. In the mind of our economy I am two things as a middle class American:
- a slave
- a consumer
I find it interesting that we still have an economy dependent on slavery. (I will focus on debt slavery here, though I also believe it is dependent on 3rd World Slavery as well, but that’s another post for another time, though feel free to address it if you’d like).
As long as I stay in debt (slavery) and buy stuff (consumerism) then I am doing my faithful due diligence as a U.S. citizen. Don’t believe me? Imagine what would happen if every American paid off all their debt…banks would collapse. Imagine what would happen if every American spent only 30-50% of their money on themselves and used the remaining 50-70% for justice and love purposes (without debt and by living simply we could do this)…capitalism would collapse.
So to help us out of the current economic global crisis I am going to do my part as a good ol’ American citizen by hacking up my personal debt and spending my hard earned money on stuff, remaining a nameless cog in the greatest economic system in the world. In short, I will embrace my identity as a slave and a consume-er.
Or not. I will choose a third way. I will choose the Kingdom over the nation. I will choose to live simpler so others can simply live. I will choose freedom over slavery. I will choose justice over consumption. I will choose the way of Jesus rather than the way of corporate America. I will choose God’s dream rather than the American dream. This is what I choose. And in so doing, I choose two different words:
I am sickened by the focus and news about our financial greed crisis. What about the water, food, disease, and “life” crisis that our brothers and sisters around the world experience daily? That is the crisis I choose to focus on, come what may. I choose a Kingdom economy.
This is what I long to choose. What about you?