posted on Mar, 17 2014 @ 11:15 AM
reply to post by Thecakeisalie
I'm going to tell you a story that may or may not flabbergast you.
I think that I must be missing something in your OP.
You've described someone who is clearly living beyond their means, with a huge house (which needs to be bigger,) three cars (not enough,) and all the
trappings of the consumer culture. And yet you're attributing their financial problems to their charitable donations, and blaming it on religion?
Like I said, I must be missing something, because it seems like their overspending on worldly goods is the main contributor to their financial woes --
I know people who earn a third of what they do, give a good portion of their income to charity, but have no financial problems, because they choose to
live simply and humbly in order to share with others. Last year, I gave almost 25% of my income away, and one of the main reasons for that is that I
have only one debt, my mortgage, so I can afford to be charitable. That means that I drive a car that is nine years old, that I don't go out very
often, and I don't have 36 55" 3D LED tvs around the house, but that's fine with me.
I guess that, if your point is that American consumerism is a religion, and these people have fallen for it, hook, line and sinker, I'd agree, but I
kind of doubt that's your agenda.