ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The "American Dream" may be a "Christian Nightmare"

Updated on August 1, 2011

Written 03/30/11

 The "American Dream" of home ownership, 2.2 kids, white picket fence, etc... may just be a "nightmare" to achieve and have. I say this from a Christian perspective. The whole "dream" is all about ownership & acievement, not that theres anything wrong with achieving perse, it's just that the way this dream is often obtained as well as what is achieved is usually centered on self. No allotment for others, and done through the power & effort of one self.

Worldwide, no nation comes near America in home ownership, most other countries predominantly rent. Also, square footage of living space in America exceeds other nations and many of us still feel it isn't enough. There are many factors to our space needs, the first one is a given, we have to much stuff - period! I could expound on this, but do I really need to? I mean heck, there are tv shows now about this problem. The second factor, which I think we often miss may well be that were seeking enough room to get away from one another. Lets face it, we've each got our own gadgets & gizmos, along with our own movie, music and media preferences. Why even try to settle or agree on a like or mutual interest, to each their own! Throw in quick microwavable meals and we don't even all have to eat the same dinner!

The high divorce rate in this country, combined with the statistics of teen (and even younger) crime, violence & suicide might just back-up this breakdown and seperation as a cause. Once again, worldwide were the leader - hmmm. Lets see, most "stuff", least success of what matters. America used to lead the world in good things, has our success caused a downfall? It seems the things that matter most to Christian families are the things failing the most in our predominatly Christian nation. These things seem to impact "Churched" families at about the same level as unchurched.

Lets hope that we wake up soon and see that "less" really is "more". Truly, it seems the more we have, the less we have time for the important stuff. The bigger the home, the more cleaning, repair & maintainence required. The bigger the home, the bigger the payment, the taxes and the insurance. The more stuff we put in the (bigger) home the more cleaning, service & repair we incur on that. Like an automobile, the more options you get, the more things that can go wrong - and the more it costs all the way around. I just read the other day that even for all the modern advancements of the last 50 - 60 years housework still takes up on average the same amount of time as it did in the 1950's, why? So much more square footage to clean, so much more stuff to clean (and clean around).

Think about this (as to time), for every repair needed, even if it is under warranty, the time is still required to wait for the service person - or take the item into a shop. Our pssessions begin to "own & consume" us. Not to mention that in most families it likely takes 2 incomes to support it all. So the kids (& Gov't schools) raise the kids, the parents (if together) work endlessly to pay for stuff that they don't have much time for, and will likely consume what precious little time they do have. Maybe, less truly is more and then allows for MORE of what truly matters.

I'm not debunking anyones right to home ownership or buying everything they wish, this is a free country. But I'd at least consider these factors when shopping, especially if we profess Christ. All things are allowed, but not all things are beneficial.


In Christ

Jimm Bacon


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)