From Randy Thomas’ blog two days ago:
At church today Pastor Clark Whitten said “The church needs to get out of the cruise line mentality and into the battle ship mentality.” I stifled a big amen to that! This consumer mentality toward church has got to go.
Ironically, the religious-right alliance that includes Exodus opposes democratic restraints against big-business commercialism. And it is arguably the religious right that commercialized American Christianity via:
- Pray TV
- direct-mail fundraising
- patriotic merchandising
- the disposal of Jewish and Christian history and tradition predating fundamentalism and World War II
- cut-throat competition against mainstream, traditional Christianity.
In this context, Thomas’ desire for a faith “mentality” based in American battleships makes some sense to me. However, the faith advanced by this mentality is arguably that of Bonhoeffer’s joyous secularism, not traditional Christianity.
Thomas’ spiritual model is presently a $10 billion weapon of massive destruction. My spiritual model is St. Francis of Assisi:
“Sell what you have…give to the poor…preach the Kingdom of peace…and come, follow me.”