Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Are you a Philistine?
"The Philistine is proud of his new car, nice home, attractive wife, and well-behaved children. He feels secure and believes that he has obtained the best that life has to offer. Though the Philistine thinks himself free, Kierkegaard contends that he is a slave to cultural expectation and habit. He recognizes his self only by superficial externals. He will live out his days believing that he is both free and happy when he actually drugged by trivial habit...The Philistine stays in his comfortable world, believing himself to be master of his universe, lord of his castle, and most of all, free. In reality he has cut himself off from vast tracts of reality, embraced unfreedom, and failed to see his authentic self. The social conventions that direct his life and give him his sense of security have created his prison." - Kelly James Clark (When Faith is not Enough)
Well seems to me that if you are in a pursuit of the American Dream you are a Philistine...Well maybe it's not that simple. "You my brothers [and sisters] were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself." Galatians 5:13-14 Perhaps our focus in Canada should not be on getting the right job, the right car, the right house, but rather treating people right by: serving and loving them...