Materialism is wildly popular “ism”. It takes the shape of many different things, but ultimately revolves around the want and need for more “stuff” to feel better, be more comfortable, and ultimately to be fulfilled.
Materialism, according to Google is defined as, “a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.” So it’s not about owning stuff, it’s about stuff owning you.
In today’s “get it now” culture, we see ads saying we can be the coolest if we own a Jaguar, or we can be worth something if we own the nicest house with the nicest yard. The world is constantly berating us with all this “stuff”, and we fail to see the devastating effects of making these things supreme.
According to one Huffington Post article, Americans today as opposed to 55 years ago, own twice as many cars and eat out twice as much. The article goes on to cite Matt Walsh, an accomplished writer, saying that this culture is consumed with buying. And i would agree with this. We buy everything, we as Americans (and Christians!) in large part have lost the ability to cut back, to save, and to give. All we want to do is buy. Even if we can’t afford something, we can still buy it. This is insane.
Later on in the article the writer says “It seems that it may not be the money itself that leads to dissatisfaction, but rather, the continual striving for greater wealth and more possessions that is linked to unhappiness.”
This is by no means a new discovery. The Bible spoke on this through King Solomon thousands of years ago when he aptly wrote, “ He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” (Eccl 5:10).
Who knew that this supposedly “archaic” book would come up with the fact that loving money won’t give satisfaction. The question then would be, who gives satisfaction, not what. I’ll address this in my next post.
This has been a worldview project assignment for my schooling.