In his book, Adams says, "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." This was Adam's American dream, and his concept spread rapidly among the states.
|The American Dream|
Most of us have aspirations to get a great job, get married, buy a nice house, have two kids, go to church on Sundays, get a dog, and live happily ever after, but will this really make us happy? Is 401K plans and retiring with a surplus amount of money the pinnacle of satisfaction?
If I took a survey of people who saw the American dream as a positive thing, I would assume that many of those people would claim to be Christians, but it leads me to wonder what would Jesus think of the American dream.
The more I read the Bible, the more I see that pursuing this innocent dream has actually become a huge distraction to the most important thing in the world.
When I read about the young rich man in the book of Matthew, I shutter. This man had done everything right. He then asked Jesus what else he could do, and Jesus replied,“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
This man had everything and yet had nothing because he did not have the affections of the Christ. Today, this rich young man would have been your average American. An avid church goer, who probably would have had a great job, and lived out the American dream to perfection, but when Christ told him to give up everything and follow Him, he was stopped dead in his tracks.
The man was so consumed with his material possessions, he was blinded to the glory that Jesus was offering him and he walked away sad. Why would a man who had everything this world could offer, walk away sad?
Some of us read this passage and gladly thank Jesus that he has not called us to give up everything, but in reality, He has. When Jesus says,"Follow me." He never wanted your half-hearted attention, but a life long devotion.
The American dream will never satisfy our hearts. C.S. Lewis puts it best when he says,“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
I long for a generation that sees past the superficiality of the American dream and will go to whatever lengths to follow Jesus and spread the Gospel. This is the most important thing in the world. I pray that many would come to the realization that Lewis did. There is something worth so much more than living for worldly desires.
As for the American dream, it can go to hell, where it is leading so many.