Summary: A look at the shortcomings of the American Dream. This focuses on the parable of the rich fool and how his life is a personification of the American Dream that we exalt.
EVERYONE'S GOAL: The American Dream is the default life goal of our country.
- Everywhere you look, our vision, goals, desires, and plans all run toward the American Dream.
- I’ve said before that materialism is the biggest sin in America. Part of the proof for that is how pervasive our financial focus is. It’s just considered to be American.
- It’s so prevalent that it’s close to be unquestioned. I can’t say it’s unquestioned, though, because I’m questioning it this morning.
- To what extent is money the default goal of our country?
- Think about Wall Street and the way most huge companies are run. The only thing that matters is their profitability. That’s the only thing that Wall Street looks at. It doesn’t matter how you’re treating your employees. It doesn’t matter if you’re providing health care and retirement. It doesn’t matter if you have great customer service. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a positive impact in your communities. The only thing that matters, to the exclusion of all else, is maximizing the amount of money you make.
THE POSTER CHILD FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM:
1. HE IS A MAN OF SUCCESS.
- He’s so successful that his farm was insufficient to hold the abundance. This is a man of success.
- We have sympathy for the hurting and the struggling, but we idolize success.
2. HE IS A MAN OF PLANS AND VISION.
- This man has a plan and a vision to deal with his situation. He’s going to remove the existing barns and build bigger.
- We love and admire people of great vision. We like people who come into the room with a plan of action.
3. HE IS A MAN WHO KNOWS HOW TO ENJOY LIFE.
- Once he accomplishes his vision, then what? Well, he’s intent on kicking back and enjoying all the good things of life. He’ll have plenty for the years to come so he’s going to soak all the good things in.
- This guy is the personification of the American Dream. He’s all that we admire in the American Dream.
- There’s so much here for us to admire, but what does God think of our American Dreamer?
IF HE'S DONE SO WELL, WHY DOES GOD CALL HIM A "FOOL"?
1. A DEEP WALLET ISN'T AS IMPORTANT AS A DEEP SOUL.
- We act like money success is the main goal of life. In fact, “soul success” is a whole lot more important.
- We don’t pay nearly as much attention to spiritual things as we do to material things.
- Let’s just think for a second about time spent.
- Compare the amount of time you spend on money things in your life with the amount of time you spend on soul things.
- I know you have to earn a living, but, still, it’s a lot of time. Time at work. Time spent shopping. Time spend surfing Amazon. Time caring for your possessions. And on and on.
- I’m not saying that we should do none of that. We do have to work, you do have to clean the house, and you do have to buy things from time to time. But when you think of how little we spend on our soul, it’s pretty dramatic.