Christmas is Upon Us

December 6, 2009

Christmas is upon us, and the good people over at the Onion are prodding American materialism in their wonderfully sarcastic tone in the article “New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable“.

“The new device is an improvement over the old device, making it more attractive for purchase by all Americans,” said Thomas Wakefield, a spokesperson for the large conglomerate that manufactures the new device. “The old device is no longer sufficient. Consumers should no longer have any use or longing for the old device” (New Device Desirable, Old Device Undesirable)

As we kick off our Advent calendar, let me prescribe some contrasting perspective to the Onion.  I enjoyed reading Ryan Topper’s post on Christmas from last year again today as well as this quote from Bruce Metzger’s book Consuming Jesus:

“[The powers Jesus came to free us from] come in many forms, including…the American enterprise and its demands for individual self-fulfillment and consumer preference.  Jesus confronts and conquers the powers and the laws by which they wield power: he refuses to play by their rules and masters them rather than being mastered by them.  These fallen powers have lost their enslaving grip on people because of the new world order that Jesus has inaugurated in his death and resurrection” (Metzger, 70).



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