little wake up call

This is from a message at our church a couple of weeks ago. You can read the whole thing here. It makes me thankful to be in a place with people who have already walked the journey...already been at this thing for a few decades. They are encouraging, but they're also very challenging--us young whippersnappers always think we have things figured out....
One of the reasons we accumulate so much stuff is that our faith is weak. We talk a good religious game, but we don't believe God will take care of us. We don't truly believe what we say we believe. Our faith is in the wealth we possess to keep us secure. Many years ago Kierkegaard wrote: "...riches and abundance come hypocritically clad in sheep's clothing pretending to be security against anxieties and they become then the object of anxiety...they secure a man against anxieties just about as well as the wolf which is put to tending the sheep secures them...against the wolf." In other words material security is really no security at all. The only thing we can trust is God’s care and keeping.


Blogger Dylan said...

Good stuff, Eric. Thanks for posting. I just bought a new car, so this article hits home. Not because the car is Eee-velllll or anything. Not because it's smart and sensible to research which vehicle is the safest, most reliable bang for my buck. What I need to get in check is the immediate afterthoughts: looking at the car, thinking about and researching modifications, reading forum after forum about car related stuff.

Hours of waste, really.

7/18/2005 8:10 AM  

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