“How should a Christian view materialism?”Materialism is defined as “the preoccupation with material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.” If a Christian is preoccupied with material things, it is definitely wrong. That is not to say we cannot have material things, but the obsession with acquiring and caring for “stuff” is a dangerous thing for the Christian, for two reasons.First, any preoccupation, obsession or fascination with anything other than God is sinful and is displeasing to God. We are to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” Deuteronomy 6:5 which is, according to Jesus, the first and greatest commandmentMatthew 22:37-3837 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. Therefore, God is the only thing we can (and should) occupy ourselves with habitually. He alone is worthy of our complete attention, love and service. To offer these things to anything, or anyone, else is idolatry.Second, when we concern ourselves with the material world, we are easily drawn in by the “deceitfulness of wealth” Mark 4:1919 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.thinking that we will be happy or fulfilled or content if only we had more of whatever it is we are chasing. This is a lie from the father of lies, Satan. He wants us to be chasing after something he knows will never satisfy us so we will be kept from pursuing that which is the only thing that can satisfy—God Himself. We “cannot serve both God and moneyLuke 16:13tells us 13 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” We must seek to be content with what we have, and materialism is the exact opposite of that contentment. It causes us to strive for more and more and more, all the while telling us that this will be the answer to all our needs and dreams. The Bible tells us Luke 12:1515 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”and that we should rather Matthew 6:3333 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.If materialism was ever to satisfy anyone, it would have been Solomon, the richest king the world has ever known. He had absolutely everything and had more of it than anyone, and yet he found it was all worthless and futile. It did not produce happiness or the satisfaction our souls long for. He declared,Ecclesiastes 5:1010 “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” In the end, Solomon came to the conclusionEcclesiastes 12:1313 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

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