Taken from the book Sex,Economy,Freedom& Community by Wendell Berry
"But we must begin by giving up any idea that we can bring about these healings without fundamental changes in the way we think and live. We face a choice that is starkly simple: we must change or be changed. If we fail to change for the better, then we will be changed for the worse. We can not blunder our way into health by the same sad and foolish hopes by which we have blundered into disease. We must see that the standardless aims of industrial communism and industrial capitalism equally have failed. The aims of productivity, profitability, efficiency, limitless growth, limitless wealth, limitless power, limitless mechanization and automation can enrich and empower the few (for awhile), but they will sooner or later ruin us all. The gross national product and the corporate bottom line are utterly meaningless as measure of the prosperity or health of the country."
Does the way we live in the world have anything to do with our spiritual health? It seems the focus on spiritual growth of the individual in America rarely ever transfers over to a change in our values when it comes to consumption and care for the neighborhood. Why is this?
It seems to me Jesus addresses much of this in the Sermon on the Mount?
The world's way is a way unto destruction. History proves at least that much to us. Why do we keep going the way the world leads us and continue to ignore the way of the kingdom. God's rule and reign: His economy, his politics, and his community. It is radically different.