10 Thoughts On the Present Criticism of the American Dream

                                                                 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?

5 thoughts on “10 Thoughts On the Present Criticism of the American Dream

  1. Rachel Garcia April 26, 2011 / 12:30 pm

    stunning. I LOVE it. And I will go back and read your other post too. I laughed out loud at #3. Even though Im sure you weren't trying to be funny.. but it seems absurd to even have to make that point. Definitely all of it is food for thought. Great.. now I have to think. Thanks a lot. šŸ˜‰

  2. Robin April 26, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    I think you are dead on.

  3. Griffin Gulledge April 27, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    I feel like the American dream as referred to commonly is the one that makes your #6 necessary. It seems more like a emotive meaning dispute than anything. Success is not the American dream. Success by being successful more and more, and perpetually is. Make sense?

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