American Gothic by Grant Wood

I’ve gotten some good feedback on my post, Rethinking the Criticism of the American Dream. But, I know, it is a little long. So I thought I would do a more limited SFN-reader-friendly-version. So the following is a top ten list of thoughts from that post:

1. I used to criticize the American Dream. And then I would drive home…to my 1900 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. In other words I was criticizing the very thing I had already achieved.

2. The American Dream can be in opposition to the Christian faith. But so can any other dream.

3. You should not criticize the American Dream in high def video.

4. You should not criticize the American Dream from your iPhone or laptop. Or any smartphone or computer really.

5. Every pastor I have heard criticize the American Dream has achieved it already.

6. The American Dream is not the problem. The heart that wants it at the expense of everything else is the problem.

7. It is easy to point at the American Dream and criticize it. It takes work to diagnose the real problem.

8. Missionaries fly to distant lands on the backs of those who have achieved the American Dream.

9. There are countless people who have rejected the American Dream and have black hearts.

10. It is patently sinful to rail against the accoutrements of the American Dream while enjoying them. Just as it is sinful to rail against sex while enjoying it within the confines of marriage.

What do you think?

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