A couple weeks ago Microsoft and Sony both revealed their next generation of video game consoles. For many people watching it did exactly what it was supposed to do, it created desire. Strange that Microsoft and Sony both have to spend millions of dollars (and will continue to do so) trying to convince us to purchase their product. It’s basic marketing. They create a desire for the product, people buy it, and shareholders get rich. But what would Jesus think of this process?
It makes me wonder why so many churches and non-profits are struggling. I have friends who have been let go from ministry jobs, simply because there wasn’t enough money to pay them. Yet, no one flinched when it was announced the Xbox One will be $500, and the PS4 will be $400.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a video game nerd for years, and I’ve willingly handed over more cash that I’m comfortable sharing in order to play the latest games. But recently I’ve begun asking myself “Is that the best use of my money?” Or better yet, “Is that the best use of God’s money?”
Now, I can’t tell you what your answer should be. I can’t even tell you what my answer is yet. But I know that it’s something we need to consider. It’s something we should consider for every purchase. The new phone, or the kitchen remodel, or the Netflix subscription all should be considered in light of our lives as kingdom workers.