Poverty is not always financial, it is spiritual too. In Death by Suburb, author David Goetz identifies eight toxins that are plaguing the suburbs. These are the factors that are driving your neighbors to live the life they do. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be aware of these toxins, and their corresponding remedies, so that we can begin to reach out to our neighbors in meaningful ways. Identifying these addictions and offering something counter, something beautiful, will profoundly change the real face of the suburbs. Here is a video where David Goetz talks about “suburban addictions”.
I read this book awhile back and posted my reflections on it here. For those who live and serve in suburbia, it's worth checking out.
(HT: Michael Wallenmeyer)