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...e greed begets greed and materialism prevails” (Kraybill, 2011, p. 139). That is spending money on concert tickets. And that is not how Jesus would spend money. Simply put, I think Jesus taught us to value our needs over the wants. As a Christian, I agree that putting a focus on acquiring material things is foolish. Today we live in a culture of greed, and sometimes it is hard to keep Jesus’ teachings in mind. Instead of trying to get our hands on the latest iPhone, we could be using that money to give back to those in need. I agree that materialism in our culture is the complete opposite of Jesus’ upside-down kingdom. It can cause us to think more of how can we benefit ourselves, instead of focusing on the kingdom of God. It breaks our relationship with God, “attachment to wealth can compete with and unseat the rule of God in our lives” (Kraybill, 2011, p. 119).
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