“A huge religious marketplace has been set up in North America to meet the needs and   fantasies of people just like us.  There are conferences and gatherings custom-designed to give us the lift we need.  There are books, videos, and seminars that promise to let us in on the Christian “secret” of whatever we feel is lacking in our life – financial security, well-behaved children, weight loss, sex, travel to holy cities, exciting worship, celebrity teachers.  The people who promote these goods and services all smile a lot and are good-looking…

It isn’t long before we’re standing in line to buy whatever is being offered.  And because none of the purchases does what we had hoped for, or at least not for long, we’re soon back to buy another, and then another.  The process is addicting.  We become consumers of packaged spirituality.

This also is idolatry.  We never think of using this term because everything we’re buying or paying for is defined by the adjective Christian.  But idolatry it is, nevertheless.  It’s God packaged as a product – God depersonalized and made available as a technique or a program.  The Christian market in idols has never been more brisk or lucrative.  The late medieval indulgences that provoked Luther’s righteous wrath are but small potatoes compared to what’s going on in our evangelical backyard.”

Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection

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