Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Infected by Affluenza



This past Sunday I preached the first message in a 3-part series we're doing at our church entitled "Affluenza." The sermon opened with these words:

What is affluenza? Affluenza is a nifty little word that some clever sociologist created by mixing two different words together. The word affluence means having a great deal of money. Influenza is a highly contagious disease.

And when you mash the two you get “affluenza” which is a useful word for describing the problems generated by a rich consumer culture that has an endless hunger for more and more stuff.

Affluenza is the disease of greed. It’s the materialistic mindset that says that getting more money and possessions for yourself is the ultimate aim of life. Affluenza is the spirit of our age and it has infected all of us.

You can download or stream the rest of the sermon. After you listen, post your comments and opinions about how you see affluenza in your own life or the world around you. And how do you think Christians should respond?

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