In Counterfeit God’s, Tim Keller writes:
“Why can’t anyone in the grip of greed see it? The counterfeit god of money uses powerful sociological and psychological dynamics. Everyone tends to live in a particular socioeconomic bracket. Once you are able to afford to live in a particular neighborhood, send your children to its schools, and participate in its social life, you will find yourself surrounded by quite a number of people who have more money than you do. You don’t compare yourself to the rest of the world, you compare yourself to those in your bracket. The human heart always wants to justify itself and this is one of the easiest ways… As a result, most Americans think of themselves as middle class…”
Well. This is just profound. I certainly think of myself as middle class, and certainly rail on the “American dream”, even though I (for all intents and purposes) am in fact living the American dream. The snag in the church is when the fear takes over that we might lose our “modest middle-class” lifestyle, and start going to great pains to preserve it.