ON THE JOURNEY

MICHAEL DUVAL, LEAD PASTOR

Jesse Carey wonders just how powerful Americans’ obsession with consumption really is.  He found:

 

Nearly 40 percent of food in America goes to waste.  Americans waste 165 billion dollars worth of food every year (stunting due to malnutrition and lack of food affects 161 million children around the world every year.)

 

In America more money is spent on fashion accessories than college tuition.  The amount spent on shoes, watches and jewelry alone totals $100 billion.

 

Despite making up just over 3 percent of the global population of children, American kids consume 40 percent of the world’s toys.

 

On average, homes in the U.S. contain more TVs than they do people.

 

Despite being less than a quarter the size of China, Americans throw out more than 1 million tons more electronic devices than China.  America creates more electronic waste than any other nation on earth.

 

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags annually.  Plastic kills 1 million seabirds every year.

 

The average American household credit card debt is $7,849.  The median total annual household income for the global population is $9,700.

 

On average, the amount Americans spend in a single weekend is more than half of the total they give to churches in an entire year.

 

What do you think of Americans’ patterns of consumption?  What do you think Jesus thinks?


-Michael