Weekly Devotion by Pastor Tim Smith
If we Lutherans are right that "we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves," and if Martin Luther was on target with his definition of sin as "curved in on ourselves," then it's little wonder that we are consumers. Consumers with voracious appetites. Feed the self! It's all about me!
Though our spiritual growth and maturity point us to the two great truths in the universe, namely 1)There is a God and 2)You're not it, our all-consuming consumerism creeps into our religious life as well. We equate church "membership" of a church with certain privileges and perks such as image and status in a community, not to mention entitlement to baptisms, weddings, funerals, and pastoral care.