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Materialism

“I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” 

“It’s money that matters, Hear what I say, It’s money that matters, In the USA” Randy Newman

We live in a materialistic society where mammon is held of more worth than human beings. It is this core falsehood that inflicts our entire society adversely. 

gold photoI once belonged to a congregation that did absolutely nothing or almost nothing. They had Sunday morning Bible study and a worship service, but that was it. No evening service and no midweek Bible study. In the summer twice a month we had lunch together, once potluck and once provided by the church. Other than that there were no programs, there was no evangelism, there was absolutely nothing. I don’t believe I had any interaction with my fellow members during the week. One thing they did do though was give a lot of money, or at least it seemed that way to me. This money was in part used to support an evangelist in France.

I don’t think God was pleased with the congregation. I can’t judge these people. After all, I had no idea what good works they did during the week in the ins and outs of their regular life. Perhaps they were the light of the world and the salt of the Earth, but I highly doubt it. Sadly, the congregation went under a few years ago and it exists no more.

Christianity or spirituality if you will, is the antithesis of materialism. You are either carnal or spiritual. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. There really isn’t a middle ground. If one is rich materially then they should use their possessions to help their brothers and sisters and the poor people of the world. More importantly, Christians need a vocation where they utilize the gifts or talents that God gave them. A healthy congregation consists of members active corporately and individually. Writing a sizable check is not by itself acceptable service.

The United States is a country that is materialistic to the max. The American dream is synonymous with making a lot of money. Everything in this country is based on money. If somebody wants a nice house, better medical care, luxurious vacations, better clothes, better education, it all depends on money. If you can pay the price you can get it. As such people have been perverted so much that they worship money. They value their material possessions more than the lives of their fellow human beings.

Take a look at Manhattan a city I’ve visited hundreds of times. You have some of the richest people in the world coexisting with people who literally only have what they can carry. Yet the rich people turn a blind eye to the poverty. Society, as defined in the United States, is perverse. American society is created for commerce and the maintenance of wealth. A healthy society should be designed for the welfare of the people who belong to it. The difference is as vast as hell and heaven.

I am an egalitarian which means that I believe we should be equal in every way, especially materially. But even if you don’t go to this extreme I hope that you can agree, that in the richest country that ever existed, children shouldn’t go hungry. Worse yet, or funds are squandered on the military. Our prosperity is siphoned off for the bane of the world.

Our problem is the core belief that material possessions are more valuable than people. If we flipped this totally around we would be a lot better off. There would be no hunger, or loneliness, or crime and very little war. I can say this with absolute confidence because that was what existed in the ‘Americas’ pre-Columbus. The Native Americans had a Utopia built on strong cultural and spiritual ties.

I am not a number. I am of more value than the size of my bank account or how much money I earn at my job. I am a human being, a unique and special creation of God.

We live in a society that is cruel and uncaring by design. Our saving grace is the good people of this country that care for one another. But the rich are getting richer and the poor is swelling in numbers. Unfortunately, we are headed for some violent times in this country. The rich people are like the monkey trying to grab the banana in the glass jar. By making a fist they can’t pull out their hand and capture their treasure. Unfortunately the rich have whole plantations of banana trees and in their avarice are not satisfied.

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Materialism

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Materialism. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 18, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/10/materialism/

 

Last updated: 7 Oct 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Oct 2018
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