by Michael Romero

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Understanding Real Faith
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
Michael Romero
James 1:9-11


Last week we talked about the "testing of our faith" in "today's world" and what that means to Christians living everyday in the world. This week we are going to continue our study of the book of James and look more closely at the world we live in.

We live in a world that is not even close to being godly. In America today and even throughout the world there are two words that describe our downfall.

Individualism and

What those two words mean is that,

1. Everyone only thinks about themselves very few people think about people other than themselves, and
2. People are willing to do whatever it takes to get everything they want.

As Christians this cannot be our attitude but it isn't easy when it is the only thing that people seem to care about on a consistent basis.

To give you an idea of what I am talking about I want to share with you a couple of documentaries that were done by the BBC.

On September 2nd and 9th of 2001 psychologists looked into the psychology behind the reason people are always buying and consuming in places like Britain, USA, and Japan. The question came up about whether it was healthy for people to buy and consume all the time. Here is my understanding of what they found,

- Consumption defines who we are (what we consume defines who we are)
- That we essentially "buy" a lifestyle (whatever you want to become you buy everything for it)
- People consume more to feel better. (This thinking starts with a culture that puts priority and importance on what you have)

On April 27, 2003 another documentary was on the air in a three part series called Spend, Spend, Spend.

The first question that was asked? "if more wealth and consumerism (more buying) had led to more happy and satisfied people"?

Here is what I found out through this documentary.

- The more we acquire the more we compare. ...

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