What people spend money on tells us a lot about their priorities. Let’s take a look at some of the things teenagers find important.
Watch the following video with your class and then discuss the questions that follow [4:37]:
How teens are spending their money — And why food is the top priority
- Did any of the purchase data surprise you? (Answers will vary. Teens may be surprised that food was one of the biggest items teens spend money on, even more so than entertainment.)
- Most of the purchases mentioned involve pleasure-seeking or temporary enjoyment. Can you name some of them? (Coffee drinks, food, clothes, and video games are some of the categories.)
- How would you define the word “idol”? Could any of these things be placed in the category of “idolatry”? (An idol is an “object of worship” or any person or thing that is greatly admired or revered. Given this definition, it seems clear that anything we obsess over or put higher than God can become an idol.)
- Why is it so easy to place more emphasis on material possessions or celebrity endorsements than things with lasting value? (Material possessions feel concrete and provide immediate gratification; spiritual values are abstract and harder to quantify. Also, teen identity and acceptance is often wrapped in activities, clothing, and appearance.)
It’s not a sin to own an electronic gadget or buy a Frappuccino. But God does want us to focus our spiritual worship on Him alone. We’ll discover today that idolatry transcends time and place. It seems to be built into the human condition.