- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
I am posting this out of curiosity, and also because it is something which genuinely bothers me. There is probably not a correct answer, but I want to see what people think.
So… I often fantasise about having lots of money… I’d have this big house, I’d travel a lot, maybe have laser eye surgery, get a new wardrobe and a personal trainer…
But then a little voice in me says WTF? You have so much compared to people in other countries (I work abroad, often in very poor, rural settings, a lot). I mean, I’m not having an expensive or extravagant wedding partly because I can’t afford it, but also because I’m disgusted by the materialism associated with the whole industry (I turned down a load of money from my family because I felt sick about spending that much). Yet even the amount I’m spending would make such a difference to the lives of poorer people. How can I justify spending this money? In fact, how can I justify spending anything at all when people go unfed and unclothed?
… And yet… I am a materialistic child of the world. I worked hard for what I have. I don’t squander money. I don’t buy lots of things for myself, and most of my stuff is second or third hand. So the other voice says… well… you worked hard for it… why give that up?
I looked at the Christian boards and I cannot find one post where the poster discusses their guilt about not following Jesus in poverty. Because he was all about the social justice, the alms to the poor, and the lack of extravagance. I find lots of boards about sex, but none about this, which is odd because this should be at the core of one’s Christian beliefs and is SO much more important than who you are (or are not) shagging, frankly. I mean, I really feel that this will come up when I am questioned in the afterlife and I have NO CLUE what I can respond. Is there even a response I can give? So what say you, Bees (including non-Christian bees)? What do you think?