American Greed

One of my favorite all-time songs is packed with beautifully deep lyrics that are convicting and haunting when honestly considered.

The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things
– Rich Mullins,
‘If I Stand’

The stuff of earth…I was picking out my attire for today last night, going through my closet of pants and shirts of various colors and designs. I thought about how many of the shirts I rarely wear and I thought about how much stuff I own. It goes way beyond clothes of course. But my closet is a perfect example of this. I was in the Philippines earlier this summer where some of the people couldn’t even dream of owning a closet full of clothes. They are incredibly thankful when we hand out meals that were given to us that may not be ‘safe’ for us to eat.

I derive so much silly pleasure from video games, cable tv, air conditioning, and ipods. It is usually a slow process to turn over our allegiences to the stuff of earth. Almost imperceptable, the eyes of our hearts focus on gifts rather than the giver.  We are too easily satisfied with the temporary that we ignore the eternal.

While it is usually a slow process we slide into as we embrace the stuff of earth, it usually takes a drastic amputation to break the spell of materialism. The Spirit must act as our alarm clock and startle us out of our slumber. Hopefully our Beats headphones haven’t made us deaf to His call.

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