Friday, November 23, 2007

Buy Nothing Day is Today!

Traditionally, this is done after the US thanksgiving. As the movement grows, it has attracted interest from outside North America. While November 23rd is the North American BND, November 24th is the International version. Started by Ted Dave, an artist from British Columbia, this year, it has attracted Christians who try to put on a 'Christian-equivalent' with names like Church of Stop Shopping, "Four Horsemen of the Shopocalypse", and "What Would Jesus Buy?". Recalling how some Christians try to be 'relevant' and my own reflections on what relevance should mean, I feel a little sad, that while the intent is to spread the kingdom of God, the way it is being done is certainly bizarre, even embarrassing. BND is started by environmentalists to combat the rising consumerism in the rich West and the wealthy societies worldwide. It is a day that people can take time to reflect. Things like this should not be a problem for people who have learned to fast from time to time. I wonder what will be more reflective of Jesus? Will Jesus practice a life of "Buy Nothing" or "Sell Everything"? From my reading of Scripture, Jesus will definitely practice the latter.

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Links
1) Buy Nothing Day website
2) CBC Report
3) "What Would Jesus Buy?" CNN Report.
4) Reactions to the 'Jesus twist' to BND.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you are a follower of Jesus and you said you believed strongly that Jesus practice 'sell everything,' what would you do?

YAPdates said...

If I am perfect, I guess selling everything, and giving away everything wouldn't be a problem.

Anonymous said...

This excuse works for everything isn't it?
If I am perfect....

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