Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth
– “Silver and Gold” [lyrics by Johnny Marks]
I have fond memories of this Burl Ives song, from the Christmas cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Yet silver and gold won’t help Rudolph lead Santa’s sleigh or help Santa’s misfit toys leave their island prison. Without love and friendship, they’re useless. Silver and gold can’t buy friendships with people who “comfort” and “edify one another” either (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11). Nor can they give us eternal joy. So why do we want to be rich?
Jesus tells us not to store “treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). He also warns that we can’t “serve God and mammon” (6:24). After the rich…
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