Sine, “Coming Home to the Good Life of the Global Mall”

August 18, 2008

Sine pulls from Claiborne’s anti-culture message, concluding that “we need to learn to use Scripture not just for our spiritual lives but to decode the bogus cultural messages that the good life will be found in accumulating more” (75). If we learn to recognize and deconstruct these messages culture inflicts on us, they lose power to control and influence us. Then we can allow Scripture and its messages to have that power over us, to influence our decisions about what is the good life and what kind of lifestyle makes for a better future. This is a call for the church to develop and provide tools to help people do this kind of decoding work, which we can all do easily if we are just challenged.

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