Materialism takes from Christianity

As Christians, we claim to be strict followers of scripture, constantly memorizing verses and regurgitating passages of the Bible as a part of our daily speech. Yet, we do not always let go of our belongings to focus on what God is calling us to do.

God calls us to help the poor and to be humble human beings who put others before ourselves, yet we fail to do this most of the time because we focus mostly on our possessions.

Putting others before ourselves becomes something that is often too difficult to do because we live in a country where materialism thrives.

We do not struggle to put food on our plates and obsessively continue to buy things, forgetting that there are other people in the world that fight for their survival.

We also seem to have limited focus and involvement with others in underdeveloped countries that walk barefoot and have no clothes because they are unable to even afford to eat.

Instead, we simply send a pair of shoes or other possessions that we have acquired through that cause and go back to our day-to-day materialistic lives forgetting about the many people that are still in need.

We should be going to a foreign country and causing complete social reform, not just buying something for the people that need it, which is something we often do with our lives.

We need to be there to help people  struggling with mental and spiritual growth and to grow with them by better understanding the difficulties they experience.

We need to be giving them our time and our devotion by demonstrating interest in their lives and letting them know they matter because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

It is also our responsibility to not only help people in other countries, but here in the United States, as well.

There are hundreds of homeless individuals suffering on our streets and many people we know who are going through extreme difficulties every day.

It is time to put an end to our selfish desires, to rid our lives from excessive luxury, and to focus on not only giving to the poor but also making sure we are involved in social reform.

We need to devote our lives to giving to others, not just financially but also spiritually.

By also diverting our focus from the materialistic society in which we live to instead focusing on the well-being of those around us, we are able to help those less fortunate because they are our neighbors and we are obliged to aid them.

Only then can we fully appreciate what we have and the fact that many cannot enjoy the same things in life that we can.

This is the only way we will be able to successfully live in a fully functioning society that thrives on the moral growth of individuals who can work together.

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