In our summer series, “The Elephant in the Room,” we first look at Money. We will apply the 6 Act Drama concept of scripture to each Elephant in the series.
Consumerism has been called “The Cult of the Next Thing.” The essay “Trapped in the Cult of the Next Thing,” by Mark Buchanon and is available here. In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus calls us to check our hearts and our eyes as it relates to possessions and Kingdom priorities . If Money is one of the idols – gods of this world, then Jesus wants us (in the words of Dale Bruner in his commentary on Matthew) to become the real atheists to the secular gods of consumerism, successism, pride in possessions, self-serving, overspending, and indifference to needs…”
The antidote to terminal consumerism is giving: both the tithe principle of regular, planned giving and offerings that come from a heart of compassion in the face of needs that come to our attention.
Randy Alcorn, of Heaven fame, has a voluminous website with a section on Money well worth checking out here. As with any author, we may not agree with every emphasis, but Alcorn covers the questions thorouglyand with a heart of Christ-centeredness. Alcorns books, The Treasure Principle, and especially Money, Possessions, and Eternity are excellent. Much of their content is on the website in the form of articles or downloads.