Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Faith, and the website Vintage Faith has some interesting things to say about "consumer Christians"
"it seems that the modern church has focused only on the problem of fixing sin... yet heaven is not necessarily the goal post-seekres are thinking of... instead, emerging generations are connecting with the idea of living in tune with Jesus, placing yourself under God's reign and being a participant in the kingdom now"
I've been thinking that for years. Simply praying the prayer so you have a check next to your name in the big ol' book in heaven isn't really the whole reason for faith in Christ. Sure, it's a big part of it, but isn't part of it also because we want to be part of a story bigger than ourselves? We want to be part of a community, a "kingdom" that's not of this world?