Our society pushes us toward hedonism. Want more stuff. Desire to have more things. Get all you can here and now.
And, too frequently, even we as Christians buy in to the desire to acquire more. And if you think you’re immune, you’re probably wrong.
Not convinced? Let me do it this way. Practically any Christian will tell you that pornography is bad. It’s wrong. It’s harmful. Even those caught in its grip will admit that it is ungodly and sinful.
Yet, turn on the television to any game show. People are lusting for that new car or exotic vacation or that electronic gizmo or that huge wad of cash. The audience is in a frenzy, screaming about how to get it. And we think nothing of that.
I’m more and more convinced that it’s just as ugly and evil and vile as pornography.
Or look at the advertising for the lottery.
- Win big!
- It doesn’t cost much.
- You could be a millionaire.
It is playing on our sinful nature’s desire to always want more. We’re being sold an idea that is just as deadly as pornography, just as lust-filled as pornography, and we all smile and nod our heads in affirmation of it. There is something upside and backward – something wrong about that.
If you remember back to the Old Testament when the Israelites were going into the promised land. Everyone got property except the Levites.
I wouldn’t make a hard and fast teaching out of this, but I can’t help but wonder whether that was because of the seemingly magnetic pull that earthly possessions have on us as human beings. Were those who were to be the most devoted to God intentionally kept away from such things? I don’t know for sure, but my experience says it’s possible.
G.K. Chesterton once said, “There are two ways to get enough: One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”
Maybe, rather than stuff, it’s time to make God more the source of our contentment.