The architects of the global mall insist that the ultimate in human experience is defined in primarily economic terms. As people of faith, we know that isn't true. We know that the ultimate is defined primarily in our worship of the Living God and the transformation of our lives and communities through the power of the risen Christ. Too many evangelicals baptize and appropriate the values of the dominant culture.

If we want to reverse these worrisome trends, we must begin by persuading Evangelicals to take scripture seriously for all of life. The journey toward a more authentic, missional, whole-life faith begins by using scripture to transform not only our spiritual and moral values but our cultural values as well. In other words, instead of allowing our class, income, and affluent communities to define our lifestyles, we need to go back to the Bible. 

The good life of God will never be found in the endless pursuit of more. In the paradoxical teachings of Christ, the good life is found not in seeking but in losing our lives in service to God and to others. Ron Sider is right. We need "to live more simply that others might simply live." But we are not called to do a simpler version of the American dream; we are called to re-imagine the American dream, and to create a kingdom-centered way of life that is more festive where we discover the joy of the life given away.

Tom Sine is author of The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time. He and his wife Christine work with both younger and older leaders who want to create more missional disciples and congregations though Mustard Seed Associates.