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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The New Face of Slavery: Consumerism

There is a new form of slavery!  This time it has no respecterr person(s).  It doesn't care if you are Black, White, Hispanic, Asian etc.  As we approach this season where more people fall victim to what society markets as the times when dreams come true. You can find your dream vacation for supposedly pennies on the dollar.  You can find your dream electronics or dream vehicle at significantly reduced rates all to keep you in the bondage of consumerism.   Consumerism is the anti-contentment it focus is always to get get get.  This new form of slavery breeds discontentment and leads to the financial bondage of debt. For example, you can have all of your bills paid a blessing in within of itself but consumerism will make you discontent because you couldn't buy such and such a gift they won't even open.  So what do you  do become discontent rationalized in your mind that since it is on sale I will go ahead and buy such and such a gift and fall victim to consumerism.  You end finding yourself in financial hardship and your discontentment only worsens as you are unable to feed your desire to get get get.

The question becomes are you a slave or are you free?  Does your value come from things or does your value come from God?  Let's keep in mind the reason why we all exist and that is to GIVE and not to GET. So what do you have to give?  The transformative love of Jesus Christ and then and only then will you be able to be free of this bondage.

Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:12

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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