Reflecting on Values: Mission and Justice (2)

We live in a consumer society.

Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, famously said we are all born consumers.  This ‘story’ has dominated our thinking in the West from what we buy to how we treat people to how we worship.  What is in this for me?  What value is it?  Can I get this better or cheaper somewhere else?

But Jesus gives us a different story to live by.  Rather than being born consumers we are made ‘in the image of God’.  Rather than thinking what is in this for me? we think how does this impact others?

What we buy and how we buy stuff should also be immersed in the message of Jesus.  We need to ask the following questions:

Where does this come from?

Who made this?

What impact is this purchase having on the world?

Discipleship and Gospel living is more than keeping to Christian social convention (e.g. swearing, alcohol and sex).  It challenges the very assumptions and structures of our living.

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers….Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the chords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him, and to not turn away from your own flesh and blood”  (Isaiah 58v3; 6-7)

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