It’s the day before Thanks Giving – the holiday that was originated as a day where people made a definite point to express gratitude to God for the provisions they experience and enjoy. Yet if one watches more than 15 minutes of TV they are inundated with commercials of all the great deals they can take advantage of in order to buy that one (or one hundred) thing(s) they don’t have. The prophets and preachers of materialism are inundating us with their pre, mid, and post- Thank Giving sale propaganda and we’re gobbling it up. America need s a commercial break!
We sit on our couches to corporately worship the god of materialism from the comfort of our own home. We receive materialism bibles in the mail that help us give to our deity through online “donations” in the form of purchases. Stores are staying open Thanks Giving day so as to ensure we will be able to obtain all the hottest toys for our children; although they don’t have anymore room in their toy boxes to store them. We crave to have every bit of this god we can get and will sacrifice our children, spouses, and selves in order to posses it.
We are so enthralled with this god that on the one day a year we set aside to express gratitude to the One True God, we are planning how early we’re going to get up so we can worship materialism. We have tasted of the god’s “Turkish Delight” and have developed an insatiable desire for more – more stuff. Stuff that has ears, but can’t really hear; stuff that promises satisfaction, but leaves a void, stuff that is increasingly worth less with time, STUFF! And our lives have become just as shallow as the things we are worshiping, just as fleeting as the joys they bring, just as superficial as the simulated environments, and just as worthless as the income they will bring at next summer’s yard sale. But God has told us that this is the curse for idolatry “The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 135:15-18)
Artist's rendition of the god of materialism and it's worshippers