I know that many will disagree with his analysis of the war in Iraq, but I hope that people will keep reading this article anyway, for in this article Tony Campolo performs the necessary task of reminding us of our own complicity in the current economic crisis. He summarizes as follows:
Seduced by brilliant advertising, we are a people who have bought into affluent lifestyles that have us living beyond our means. We spend almost all that we earn and save very little.
I know that there are people who avoided direct complicity by steering clear of the activities which Campolo names, but I think we must still answer for what has happened if we did not actively oppose the direction in which our country and our values were moving. Jesus calls us not only to name that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but to do something about it.