One of the great lessons and legacies of the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus is that our temporary world does not have the last word. Easter tells you and me that we are not disposable. Easter tells us that even while our bodies age and shrink and wither away—there will be a day when our bodies, like the body of Jesus, will be resurrected. God will never throw us away!
During the second half of the 20th
century our consumer culture turned
into a throw-away-culture the likes
of which the world has never seen.
Plastic bottles are one of the premier
examples—use the bottle once and
then throw it away. Paper plates,
disposable diapers and styrofoam
cups are all a part of our throw-away
Several years ago my wife and I
walked through a new store in our
local mall called “Forever 21.” As we
walked through the aisles and
displays of clothing I checked price
tags and was amazed at the rather
inexpensive prices being asked for
many of the articles of clothing.
But then I looked a little more
closely—and I felt the fabrics. They
all seemed cheap, as if they wouldn’t
last. After we went home I did a little
research and found that this is but
one of many new retail outlets that
offer what is called disposable
Garments considered to be
disposable fashion are priced so
inexpensively because they are
designed to be thrown away after
only a few wearings! The underlying
value—it’s not made to last, so wear
it a few times and when you are
tired of it then throw it away.
And let me be fair—it’s not just
Forever 21 selling disposable
fashion—items that are
intentionally manufactured to have
short life-spans are offered by many
retailers. Our disposable culture
increasingly desires convenience and
immediacy over longer lasting value.
Disposable products and waste fill
our landfills so that we in North
America often have to ship the trash
and debris we no longer desire to
other countries—we have no room
for all that we consider disposable.
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