The Debbie Downers of Christianity
A person living in an American city sees up to 5,000 ads a day. Even kids face billions of dollars in advertising. The marketplace repeatedly proclaims to us that we need something more, something different, something better. It tries to convince us of our dissatisfaction with life.
As John Ortberg wrote, "All day long we are bombarded with messages that seek to persuade us of two things: that we are (or ought to be) discontented and that contentment is only one step away: 'Use me, buy me, eat me, wear me, try me, drive me, put me in your hair.'"
Things have gotten worse with the advent of social media. It's not just companies bringing out our own sense of discontentment, it's also the people we know, with their status updates and shared photos. Social media skews positive: We see birthday wishes, vacation photos, and the best of everything. As one snarky T-shirt asserts, "May your life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on Facebook."