The world's largest shopping mall is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, not far from the church I currently serve. Besides hundreds of stores and restaurants, the mall has an amusement park, a water park, a miniature golf course, an ice rink, and a marine show with performing dolphins, and even a fleet of submarines! Having something for everyone, it has changed the way of life for an entire city and its hinterland, becoming almost a temple to consumerism. My previous charge was 90 miles farther away. The congregation was small and struggling to survive as an independent parish.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.