I’m reading the chapter on Enslaved Imaginations / Oppressed Characters in The Drama of Ephesians by Timothy G. Gombis. He asks on page 63, How is the imagination manipulated so that we do not flourish but experience oppression and enslavement and answers that one way our minds are enslaved is through the powers of consumerism.
This question and answer has made me stop and think about how consumerism drives and builds its foundation on negativity and the ideals of false and poor identity and image. We are constantly bombarded with images, slogans and words which tell us we are not good enough. The only way we can succeed is if we take part in the ever mountain climbing experience of consuming products that will make us successful and look the part and of course to discard the old as soon as the new becomes available.
How cool is it that through the renewal of our minds in Christ Jesus, we can be free from these bondages of falsehood. Instead we can live a life of internal peace and contentment within a society that thrives and is driven on discontentedness – in the full knowledge that I already have all that I need.