Anyone else have a sense that christian discipleship is an answer to the materialist culture that is killing the future of the human species?

Do we experience the power of God to change us, to bring us out of old habits of consumption, excess, material acquisition, material ambitions? Do our lives show a "one planet" lifestyle, where we take only our fair share of the earth's resources, as a countersign against the excess and materialism of the cultures around us?

I get a vision of how my life could be if I am faithful - that's what it looks like. I am trusting that God is showing me the way I should go, step by step. I know it's not an individual's path - christian discipleship is a collective endeavour. We need each other's help in both in prayer and in practical help to make the changes required of us to live God's way.

If we experience such a leading and gathering, can our communities reach out to convince others of the joy and liberation that comes from living God's way, in such numbers that we can choose life for the future, avoiding the worst kind of global warming, welcoming God's kingdom worldwide, where justice and peace break out?

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Comment by Raye on 10th mo. 31, 2009 at 9:25pm
Does thee think it's worth a try in any case, Alice?

The Lord has brought me around on many aspects of daily living, and continues to guide and change me.

I wonder sometimes if, from this point, we can humble ourselves and live as if the Lord is our portion, and thus avoid worse disaster. I haven't been given to know for sure.

But to be faithful in spite of the days it looks like all is lost, is what I seem to be learning these days.
Comment by Heather Cawte on 11th mo. 1, 2009 at 10:57am
You absolutely speak to my condition, Alice.
Comment by Joanna Hoyt on 11th mo. 1, 2009 at 12:04pm
Yes, I know I've been called to live more simply, to stop grasping at sources of security other than God, to listen closely to God and be open to my neighbors, to work to provide necessities of life in a way that is not destructive. As for what will happen next... Some of my friends are confident that if enough of us take the right actions right now we can avert catastrophic global warming and ther disasters; others believe that God will intervene and bring the new creation; I don't know what will happen. But I know what kind os present living roots me in Life.
Comment by Joanna Hoyt on 11th mo. 1, 2009 at 12:05pm
And, Alice--I'd be curious to hear more about the practical details of how you're moving into this way of living, if you're willing to share.
Comment by Alice Yaxley on 11th mo. 4, 2009 at 5:06pm
Thanks Raye, Heather, and Joanna.

Joanna - thanks for asking. I'm not feeling like I can write much in detail about my current challenges. I hope I might do so when I am clearer about it all.

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