God called all of us to be more than consumers. We receive from Him in order to give to others — and this is true in all areas of life. Sometimes we give our specialty, so that others can benefit. Sometimes we give our participation, so that we can all make something together.

Not everything is participatory. If you need brain surgery, you don’t want community participation in that — you want a specialist. But if we treat everything that way — and in consumer culture, we do — then we lose something valuable.

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