One dictionary defines consumerism as "The preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods." It is practiced widely today in American culture and especially at Christmas time. But Jesus is the cure. It is not economics that will save us, it is Christ. The economy may be good or it may be bad, but that affects not the kingdom of God. We have to look at our lives and ask the question honestly of ourselves "are we preoccupied with material goods to the point where they have replaced our joy in Christ?" Do the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life define our lives rather than serious discipleship? We go to the mall and come home with ten presents for ten other people but also ten presents for ourselves.
Now I love my gadgets as much as the next guy, but introspection is needed. We should ask the hard questions about our delights and loyalties and whether we have sold out discipleship to Jesus because of love for stuff and love for the world (as John mentions above), but we need to also focus on the positive question: "Am I truly so delighted in Christ that He is the apple of my eye, and nothing can replace my delight in Him?" This will lead to the deeper challenge of delighting ourselves so much in Christ daily that the mall or eBay doesn't have that kind of same sway over us anymore.
In Prayer Today:
Tell Christ that you delight in Him more than any consumer good or the pleasure or prestige that they bring!