Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Just in time for the holidays, Josh Harris is in the middle of a series of posts on "affluenza." From part 1:
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 and potentially fatal disease. When you mash these two together, 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 getting more money and possessions is the ultimate aim of life. Affluenza is the spirit of our age, and it has infected all of us.
From part 4:
Suppose we could, from heaven's vantage point, identify the greatest spiritual peril that Christians in each nation face. Don't you think heaven's "greatest challenge" verdict over American Christians would be the danger of loving the things of this world more than God himself? Is there any question that our greatest peril is having the possessions and the wealth of this world cling to us so much that we take our eyes off the heavenly city to which we're called? Those of us here in the States must acknowledge our unique vulnerability to affluenza if we are going to be vigilant against greed.
Read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.


Gretchen said...

THANK YOU for putting this up. Just what I needed to read before I left for the mall!

James and Christen said...

No, Josh, you are the stinky diaper head!

Merry Christmas.

I hope we see you someday soon!

Love, Daniel