Consumerist Christian?

Banksy’s picture “Christ with Shopping Bags” has been on my mind recently. I came across it over some further reading after a lecture at college on worship.

It seems to me that Christians become consumerists when:

  1. They go to church to “receive” and nothing else.
  2. They go to be served by other people.
  3. They change services so that the focus is on something or someone else other than Jesus.

I’m sure there are more factors than these three.

But what affected me most was that the lecture was about worship and evangelism.

I will shortly be writing an essay on whether you can evangelise in the context of a worship service. I think it’s great to want to evangelise as much as possible, in as many different contexts and situations as possible. But one temptation is to try to evangelise through the back door by creating something that can’t be distinguished as being Christ centred (whatever that means) but relates completely to the individual.

“It’s all about me, Jesus” thinking in our worship and evangelism morphs worship and evangelism into consumerism, and individualism. More than that, it will kill our spiritual lives.

The Christian message is completely opposite to that, isn’t it? Jesus is all about giving (and giving to the extreme in that He gave himself) and community.

For me, the picture Banksy created doesn’t say “Jesus died to give you this”, but “Jesus died to take away the burden of this”.

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @