The Bible has a lot to say about money and materialism. Jesus spoke more about wealth and riches than heaven or hell. It seems that the way we respond to wealth is a good indication of our priorities. Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also (Matthew 6:21). The heart follows our treasure; the treasure never follows the heart.
Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not appetite, finery but not beauty, medicine but not health, luxury but not culture, amusement but not happiness, a crucifix but not a Savior, a temple of religion but not heaven. — Anonymous
It is not the persecution of China that I fear. The church has always been able to weather persecution. My fear is the love of money in the church. — A Chinese Pastor
You are rich if you had a meal today. –Billy Graham
Top 10 Warnings of Materialism:
- You subtly resent giving your tithe in church.
- You need to work overtime just to buy the latest fashions.
- You find it difficult to give generously to your friends and family.
- You constantly talk and think about money.
- You secretly want others to admire your possessions.
- You like to show off your best toys.
- You label people who are poor as being lazy or unmotivated.
- You pride yourself in buying only the best products.
- You respect wealthy people and value their opinions more than the opinions of others who are less well off.
- You extend yourself to help others only when it profits you.