This “Standard of Living” stuff set out by our fancy magazines and malls the size of cities and our selfish hearts are telling us to buy the brand new X because that’s all we need to be happy. But then there’s Y and Z to go along with X to make X look more fancy. But 1, 2, and 3 sit so nicely beside X so they are necessary too, but don’t forget to buy the insurance for X, Y, Z and 1, 2, and 3 else they brake and can’t be replaced and hey, what do you know! Your paycheck’s gone.
Then we whip out that nifty slice of plastic and swipe it away. Debt. And that just keeps crawling up there at the speed of a supersonic rocket. Then we look at the people who live in fancy houses and think, “If only I could live there, I bet they’re happy in that house.” Just to realize they have the same problem we all have, namely selfish hearts and a society that tells us to make ourselves happy with more stuff.
My point is that the rich aren’t the problem, sure they may contribute to the problem, but they aren’t the problem itself. The problem with the inequality of wealth in America is our selfish little hearts buying up stuff we don’t even need and sometimes don’t even really want…
These kids have stuff made of trash and their doing just fine. And Aldis is always selling cheap food and Goodwill has shirts for $3.49 and you can buy boots that’ll last you a lifetime for 7 bucks, but someone else wore them once.
My goodness people we can’t help but fall on our faces and worship some new something with all our money. Then when we go to church and when they ask for tithe we feel offended and affronted that some guy, let alone some God, would ask for our hard earned cash – but no worries I’ll burn that cash up on cigarettes (or some fancy meal) after service rather than see it used by God for God’s purposes.