David Ker, at Lingamish, writes a stunning poem about our submersion in a media-consumerism-driven culture and our tendency to completely ignore the dark realities of this present age. The title is “While I was watching reality TV” and the opening line is “Reality was happening.” It’s worth a read. Unfortunately the poem describes all too well my own experiences.
The comments are worth reading as well. A discussion ensued about what we should do to get our heads out of the Western sand. Ker prescribes rejecting consumerism, bringing attention to the problem, and getting deeply involved in at least one means of bringing relief. I would add prayer to David’s prescription. As I read his post and the comments that ensued, I was reminded of an article by David Wells, titled, “Prayer: Rebelling Against the Status Quo”. Wells writes:
. . . it must be asserted that petitionary prayer only flourishes where there is a twofold belief: first, that God’s name is hallowed too irregularly, his kingdom has come too little, and his will is done too infrequently; second, that God himself can change this situation. Petitionary prayer, therefore, is the expression of the hope that life as we meet it, on the one hand, can be otherwise and, on the other hand, that it ought to be otherwise. It is therefore impossible to seek to live in God’s world on his terms, doing his work in a way that is consistent with who he is, without engaging in regular prayer.
I quoted this paragraph in the post comments, but I figured I’d use this post to draw attention to David’s poem and Dr. Well’s article (which is available online in its entirety [PDF]; be sure to read it).