What the Bible Says About a Consumer Society

Summary. The Bible tells us to not make consumption the center of our lives. We need to be focused on giving of ourselves, both materially and spiritually, instead of being obsessed with consuming things. We are suppose to balance our use of God’s resources to bring increase and at the same time preserve God’s resources for His future purposes and future generations. Consumption is not a lifestyle, but a means to an ends. God has blessed us with abundance resources. God expects us to be good stewards over these resources. A consumer society trusts in temporary riches versus the eternal things of God. A consumer society is driven by lust and is quite useless to God. See below for more commentary and Biblical advice concerning a consumer society.

The Consumer Society and the Worship of Mammon

The Worship of Mammon - Parable of the Unjust Steward
Mammon: 1) the false god of riches and avarice. 2) riches regarded as an object of worship and greedy pursuit; wealth as an evil, more or less personified.



Not Using Resources for God’s Purpose.

The purpose of a consumer society is to maximize consumption. From God’s perspective, a consumer society has completely corrupted God’s purpose in how resources are to be used by mankind. We are suppose to balance our use of God’s resources to bring increase and at the same time preserve God’s resources for His future purposes and future generations. Genesis 2:15 explains God’s purpose for how mankind should use the Earth’s resources and to preserve it.

Genesis 2:15, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

A Illustration on Lust: The Wolf Consumed by Lust …

A Consumer Society is Never Satisfied.

The Bible tells us that we need to be focused on giving of ourselves, both materially and spiritually, instead of being obsessed with consuming things. We should use the resources that God has provided to us to add value to the world. We should not be focused on accumulating wealth and consuming our way into happiness. The way to joy and happiness is to righteously give and spareth not to others and to God. Proverbs 21:26 advises us that all consuming lust and desire is never satisfied.

Proverbs 21:26, “He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.”

A Consumer Society Encourages Maximum Consumption With Little Time For God or Anyone Else.

Consumption is not a lifestyle, but a means to an ends. God has blessed us with abundance resources. God expects us to be good stewards over these resources. He expects us to use our resources to increase God’s kingdom. Resources like our skills, our time, and our money are to be used and consumed, but for God’s purpose. Proverbs 6:6 advises us to be industrious like the ant and not be a sluggard.

Proverbs 6:6, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”

Our Consumer Society Chokes The Word Of God.

As a consumer society we are focused on material things and not on the spiritual things of God. We trust in temporary riches versus the eternal things of God. We are so driven by lust that we become useless to God. Mark 4:19 advises us against marginalizing the Word of God because of worldly pursuits such as consumerism.

Mark 4:19, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”