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I want it my way.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "American Idols". See series.


Paul Anka penned a song back in 1968 that was made famous by Frank Sinatra: "I'll Do It My Way." It became his signature song and rose as high as number 27 on the All-Star charts in the United States. Oddly, it became the most popular song used in British funerals for a number of years. I've heard it's one of the most popular song sung in the karaoke bars in the Philippines.

I want it my way; I'll do it my way. The last part of that song says, "For what is man? What has he got? If not himself then he has not. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels, the records show I took the blows and did it my way." That's consumerism: I want it my way.

The consumer mentality

There's a marvelous PBS special called "The Merchants of Cool." In one of the videos is a 13 year old saying, "I have to look good. I don't dare go to my friends' houses if I don't look good." Her closing remark is, "It would just ruin my day if I didn't look good." And of course, somebody has to be defining what "good" is. In fact, there's marketing group called The Cool Hunter that advertises itself like this: "In a society obsessed with the shiny and the new, the Cool Hunter has become the reference point of choice for the latest in what's hot. Everyone knows everyone wants to know what's hot, because hot products and ideas sell. Sign up for our free weekly newsletter so you're always in the know, because being in the know makes you so much more interesting."

TIME magazine makes this comment: "Cool may be our country's most precious natural resource. An invisible, impalpable substance that can make a particular brand of an otherwise interchangeable product—a sneaker, a pair of jeans, an action movie—fantastically ...

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Chuck Sackett preaches at Madison Park Christian Church in Quincy, Illinois, and teaches Ministry and Bible at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The consumer mentality

II. Examining our idols

III. Reflection on consumerism

IV. Instruction on consumerism

V. Correction for consumerism

VI. Revelation about consumerism

VII. The true longing of our hearts