The Danger of Suburbia

Safety and comfort are two of the key selling points for any good suburban community. While these may appear to be two very good things at first, there are some unforseen dangers associated with being too comfortable or too safe.

Consider the following quote by Mike Erre in Youth Worker Journal, “Jesus is not vitally committed to our comfort and safety. He is committed to the advancing of His kingdom revolution in the hearts of people everywhere.”

Wow! Mike, the author of The Jesus of Suburbia, hit on a big issue many of us in the American Church want to ignore. We serve a wild and dangerous God who is not overly concerned with risk management compared to spiritual growth and extending freedom to those bound by sin and death.

The values of America’s materialism has creeped into the American Church and caused us to lose our effectiveness. The USA is one of the largest mission fields in the world. North America is the only continent where Christianity is not growing. Do we have too much? Are we too safe? Do our gated communities and perfectly manicured laws actually hide deep needs and insecurities?

The more that I look closely at what I see, the more I think that suburbia may be robbing us of God’s best. By trying to go after the American dream are we actually losing out on heavenly treasures?

Erre wrote, “We love the illusion of danger but not the real thing. We want Jesus to be the same way: all reward, no risk. We don’t give ourselves fully to Him because we are afraid He will send us to China or ask us to become poor. We want the illusion of faith, as long as we are safe. But walking with God is not a no-risk proposition; it is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Risk is inherent in the life of faith.”

The answer is not to burn everything and live in a cardboard box. No, the answer is to abandon everything we have into the hands of God. The solution to death by suburbia lies in trusting God with everything and being willing to follow wherever He leads.

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