Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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A Jesus not of the American Dream

Posted by Dale Kuehne on September 7, 2010

News Flash: An American pastor asserts that Christianity requires austerity, and that pursuing the American Dream is incompatible with being a follower of Christ.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/opinion/07brooks.html?_r=1

Perhaps Martyn Joseph will find the depth of culture to allow him to be blue on his next trip to America.

Somewhere in America
Yearning deep for you
There’s country on the radio
The key change comes on cue
The DJ’s voice is honey
But I don’t think it’s true
I’m somewhere in America
Nowhere to be blue

Tonight’s a different motel
That looks the very same
It’s not what I imagined
On our diamond stairs to fame
There’s twenty four hour marketing
But a broken telephone
I’m somewhere in America
Adrift, astray, alone

I’m somewhere in America
Yearning deep for you
There’s country on the radio
The key change comes on cue

The towels are indescribable
I wonder should I sue?
I’m somewhere in America
Nowhere to be blue

Buddy Holly, Elvis-
God fearing, down home boys
Went to church on Sundays
But sang of different joys
Amorous three chord poems
Cleaned up for public view
They were somewhere in America
Which is nowhere to be blue

Somewhere in America
Yearning deep for you
I need to touch your heart
As the key change comes on cue
That DJ’s voice is honey
But I don’t think it’s true
I’m somewhere in America
Nowhere to be blue

I’m somewhere in America
Yearning deep for you
With country on the radio
The key change comes on cue
The DJ’s voice is honey
But I don’t think it’s true

I’m somewhere in America
Nowhere to be blue
Somewhere in America
Burning deep for you
Somewhere in America
Holding on to you

Somewhere in America by Martyn Joseph (Unreleased)

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One Response to “A Jesus not of the American Dream”

  1. I dunno, Martyn. Same as the post above. Austerity… is that quite the word that Jesus used? Or is it rather, taking Jesus’s remarks about depending on God and his warnings against riches (while ignoring other incidents in the NT) and substituting a more convenient term. And equating American Dream with “having stuff” seems rather cartoonish. I did enough papers on Huck Finn and Gatsby’s green light to state rather comfortably that such an oversimplification is merely silly. Yet it is silliness with a certain aim in mind, a desire to impose one’s cultural prejudices and call it the gospel. Worrisome.

    The prosperity gospel is of course abhorrent, but that does not imply that everyone complaining that “those shallow others have too much stuff” is reflecting Jesus’s teachings. An accusing tone about the motives of others should always raise red flags in the speaker’s mind what other motives might drive him to accuse. I have a few ugly, primitive possibilities that I find in myself.

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