by Dan Coker

Lesson Two: Consuming the wrong things (Jas 4:3)

We need a willingness to listen to others:
1. Why do other nations hate us? One of several questions asked since Sept. 11.
2. Why are their messages sent in the form of violence?

We need to be aware of the thinking of others as they compare themselves to us:
1. Absolute deprivation: the lack of life's basic needs such as food, shelter, etc.
2. Relative deprivation: comparison of my situation with that of others.
3. Conspicuous consumption: the "haves" and the "have-nots."
4. Legitimate expectations: what is reasonably attainable.
5. Redistribution of goods and services: how to establish and maintain "equality."

We need to understand why some seemingly irrational solutions are proposed: 1. The Castro Syndrome: "I don't want his type of government, but I admire what he's done."
2. Love-Hate relationship: "Yankee go home, but take me with you."

We need to understand stereotyping, and decide what we will do about it: 1. Are Third-World peoples capable of governing themselves? (Patronization)
2. Are Third-World Churches capable of supporting themselves? (Paternalism)
3. Are Third-World Churches capable of establishing other Churches? (Distrustfulness)
4. Are Third-World Churches capable of defending the doctrines and interests of the Church of Christ without our constant instruction? (Protectionism)
5. Are Third-World Churches capable of maintaining the Church's forms of worship, organization and cooperation without our patterns thrust upon them? (Interventionism)


Social Values


Anglo Americans Hispanic Americans
1. "All are born as equals." 1. "Each person is a distinct individual."
2. "Let the chips fall where they may." 2. "Avoid direct personal confrontation."
3. "Time is money." 3. "Attention to others is more important than time."
4. "Save money for a 'rainy day.'" 4. "Live for today; tomorrow is uncertain."
5. "Keep your city clean; think of the welfare of others." 5. "Keep your city clean; show that you are a cultured person."
6. "Formal education is a means by which you will gain a higher socioeconomic level." 6. "Education is also an end within itself."
7. "Be courteous, so others will not think ill of you." 7. "Be courteous, because it is an accepted norm of conduct in our society."

Religious Values


Anglo-American Protestants Hispanic-American Catholics
1. "Man can discover the divine will through rigorous study." 1. "Man cannot comprehend the divine will but must find the way to submit to it."
2. "Man becomes virtuous by doing good works." 2. "Man, by nature, is not virtuous; that is more a characteristic of women."
3. "Woman's role changes with time." 3. "Woman's role never changes; she is the symbol of all that is virtuous."
4. "God helps those who help themselves." (Pragmatism) 4. "Each man's destiny is already decided."(Fatalism)
5. "At times, certain institutions must be used to care for loved ones." 5. "Family members should stay at home until death, if at all possible."

Conceptual Conflicts


Anglo Americans Hispanic Americans
1. "The Hispanic is lazy and frivolous." (Siestas, fiestas, etc.) 1. "The Anglo is dehumanized by his quest for riches."
2. "The Hispanic has abandoned virtue for indulgence." 2. "The Anglo has replaced human warmth with cold, scientific evaluation."
3. "The Hispanic's religion is superficial and even artificial." 3. "The Anglo thinks he can buy salvation without having to be penitent."

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