Are We All Slaves to Debt?

Usually it's
the Left (religious and political) condemning advertising and consumerism.  The Right, in response, tends to characterize
these as the free market in action.  Similarly,
we hear the Left ranting about corporate control of the media.  This video, however, comes from the Right (in
the pro-gold standard and anti-Federal Reserve sense); but the message is
anti-corporate advertising and anti-corporate media.  Corporate advertising, with the government's participation,
has made debt slaves of all of us. 


Is this
what Ron Paul would be like as a populist rather than a libertarian?  Will we see more crossing of ideological
lines if the economy continues to unravel?

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.
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