If we cannot identify ourselves as wilderness people, we will have a hard time understanding the context of Advent. The advent of Christ is to bring good news to the poor, release captives from slavery to sin and death. If we can’t claim our own wilderness, perhaps we should align ourselves with those in the wilderness.
Globalism seeks to unify the world in stifling homogeneity for the economic gain of major corporations. Christ seeks to unify the world at the Eucharist to celebrate our great diversity as children of God. One of these is not like the other.
Consumerism is not the rejection of spirituality for materialism. For many people, consumerism is a type of spirituality – if offers purpose, meaning, and identity.