iPod is good – Materialism is bad

Don’t get me wrong – my iPod is awesome. It’s like the best mp3 player you can get and it’s far outstripped my expectations. But the ‘buzz’ of getting a new toy wears thin. I’ve had this thing for a week and it’s still cool, but not as cool as the first day I got it. It’s just another cool thing I own.

Lusting after material things is a bad thing. I can say that my iPod is great, but I didn’t NEED it. I wanted it, and the benefit of buying it was great, but was it just the next new toy?

You hear on webfroot how I want to get myself a GPS unit so I can go GeoCaching. My justification for buying a GPS is as follows:

I need to get fit. I know this, but not because of people who care about me telling me so. I’m getting a beer belly like my father, and that’s a scary thought to me. I used to do orienteering (the foot variety) but I gave it up when I became a christian because orienteering events where I lived were always on a Sunday morning. Geocaching is a cousin to orienteering – it deals with maps, terrain and getting places. My mum will tell you I’ve always liked maps from when I was a kid. I have never been a sport-playing person. I tried, but I was never good enough to join in with kids of my own age. Orienteering was good for me cos it was me versus me — I was only competing against my previous records. And now I’m a desk jockey, I need another (the only?) decent form of exercise. I believe GeoCaching is that exercise. And I can take my iPod with me 🙂

But then again, anyone can justify anything to themselves. And I’m not trying to justify myself to you.

Part of me is real guilty about desiring these material things. There is so much good that NZ$400 or NZ$700 could do for other less fortunate people than myself, the same money I could use to get a GPS or an iPod. Should I think more about other people than my own vanity or lust for gadgets or new cds to put on my iPod? Can you see my moral dillema?

The bible says in many places within its pages that one of the true signs of a christian is that person treating others as they themselves want to be treated. I know what I should do and it’s something I’ve been thinking of for a very long time. I want to do it but I don’t want to do it. I’m afraid of what it will mean and what I’ll become. But I’m excited of what will happen – what good it will do others and what good it will do me. Jesus tells the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18 to sell all his possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then why don’t I see other christians selling all their possessions? The bible isn’t condemning having possessions. It’s condemning not using your wealth lovingly.

This is a snapshot of how I feel. It’s a dump of my thoughts. Don’t take it as how I feel all the time. Please just try and see how I am being challenged. Thank you.

One thought on “iPod is good – Materialism is bad

  1. Kimberly

    I know you wrote this a long time ago, but it came us as I googled Materialism for a Bible Project that I have coming up. I like your opinion on it, and just wanted to let you know that I agree with you. Thank you.

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