When Will We Ever Learn?
It is truer that we want to admit. Our currency states our passion and the drive of our lives. The verbiage was not put there as the admission of our greed. But, in reality, it is the declaration of our supreme source of sacrificial service in the USA. Even the coins state “In God we trust”. That is true but no longer do we trust in the God of Creation, Redemption, and Providence. That was the God of the Bible that America served in decades past at the time that was added to our currency. We now serve a lesser god, but with greater devotion…..the god of materialism.
Money represents power. Men will kill for the god of mammon. They will sell their character, reputation, families, and future for the hope of pleasing the currency god to get “more” of the “blessings” of money’s privileges. And, should one be so poor that they have to have “plastic” fortune cards to make reality “instantaneous” from a momentary “want” and they are whisked into deep debt through this habitual practice, this culture has determined that is acceptable. After all, that is just demonstrating deep devotion to the Master of Materialism.
A young banker was driving his BMW, in the mountains, during a snowstorm. As he rounded a turn the vehicle slid out of control and toward a cliff. At the last moment he unbuckled his seatbelt and jumped from the car. Though he escaped with his life, his left arm was caught near the hinge of the door and it was torn off at the shoulder.
A trucker passing nearby witnessed the accident, stopped his rig, and ran back to see if he could be of help. There standing, in a state of shock, was the banker at the edge of the cliff moaning, “Oh no, my BMW, my BMW”. The trucker pointed to the banker’s shoulder and said, “Man you’ve got bigger problems than a car”.
With that the banker looked at his shoulder, finally realizing he’d lost his arm, and began crying “Oh No, my new Rolex, my new Rolex”.
The pull of the world can easily steal our affections away, and cause us to live for the wrong things. See, stuff is not bad, and it is not evil to own stuff, to have money, possessions, nice cars, Rolex’s. The important thing is our attitude toward the stuff in our life. For example: Money is not evil, the love of it is. Many godly men were rich. Solomon was one of the richest man who ever lived.
He owned : Houses, vineyards, gardens, parks, fruit trees, slaves, flocks, singers, so much silver that it was as common as dirt, gold shields, a solid ivory throne, a solid gold throne, fleets of ships, robes of the finest materials, weapons, Storage buildings full of exotic spices, herds of mules, peacocks, 1,400 chariots, 12,000 horses, and land that extended farther than the eye could see.
Solomon wrote about his findings when he pursued earthly wealth. Ecclesiastes 2:10: “He was denied nothing his eye desired.” But, in Ecclesiastes 1:14, Solomon states the “condition” of living life for ‘wealth’”…. I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (copied). When will we ever learn?