With the crumbling economy our country has been experiencing lately, it seems like every time I turn the TV on there is another commercial about investing in gold.
G. Gordon Liddy, who has a colorful past as one of the main planners of the Watergate scandal which led to the resignation of President Nixon, currently advertizes for Rosland Capital. While he stands before thousands of TV viewers jingling a handful of gold coins, he authoritatively proclaims, "that's the sound of security--that's the sound of gold..." Really?
The subject of money is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. We are instructed not to let the love of money consume us and warned that it will not lead to contentment. Yet even as believers, we often struggle with wanting more of it, as if it truly could bring us the security we desire.
Jesus held a much different view. Recorded in the Gospels is an account of some skeptics who tried to trap Jesus with his words. They asked him if it was right for the Jews to pay taxes to Caesar, as it was the time of the Roman occupation. "Should we pay or shouldn't we pay?" they asked. Jesus of course knew their hearts and called them hypocrites. When one of the hostile questioners produced a Roman coin, Jesus asked him whose picture and inscription were on it. He replied, "Caesar's." Jesus then said his infamous words, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." (Mark 12:17 ESV) Timeless advise, especially as we find ourselves facing April 15 here in the United States.
Proverbs talks about finding security in this way: "Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." (3:9-10) Did you catch that? The Bible teaches that we will have plenty when we first honor the Lord by giving out of our substance.
In these tough economic times it is not hard to look around and see people who need hope for their lives. Everyone of us knows someone who is out of work or has lost their home or is trying to make financial ends meet due to circumstances out of their control. What an opportunity we have to not only offer practical help, but offer the hope that is found in the truth of God's Word.