“We’re living in a totalitarian society. It’s not fascist in a political sense, but in the way that it’s economically organized. It’s organized for profit and for marketing. In that machinery there’s no real freedom…”
What Mark and Katharine have in common (and with a growing number of people) is a plunge into the deep end, giving up money and seeing how life turns out…
I know that one resurrected rural community would be more convincing and more encouraging than all programs of the last fifty years, and I think that it could be the beginning of the renewal of our country, for the renewal of rural communities ultimately implies the renewal of urban ones.
Perhaps we should give up on making a living from our work and simply do it because we are called to it and offer our work to our neighbors as a free, gift just as we have received freely.
Isn’t our culture’s commercialization of such a holy event every bit as profane as selling doves and changing money in the courtyards of the temple? I wonder what would happen if Jesus walked into an American mall…with songs proclaiming his birth being piped in to induce purchases.
If there’s one thing the financial crisis has taught me, it’s that our dreams of wealth and stability are fragile. Jesus wants us to give up on these little dreams we carry and protect…he’s offering an alternative that will not perish or fade away.