In God We Trust.
The phrase first appeared on the two cent coin in 1864. Then in 1956 a joint resolution of congress made it our national motto. By the 1960’s it was on all our coins and bills.
I’m glad it’s there. Unfortunately, making it a motto doesn’t necessarily mean it is the truth about us.
That seems to be Jesus’ concern when He reduces our heart’s allegiance to two choices: You cannot serve God and money.
I would expect God to be one of the choices – and the obvious right choice! What surprises is that money is the other one.
I would have expected Him to say, you cannot serve God and the devil. Or even, God and yourself!
As always, the Teacher is right. It’s God or money alright.
Only money seems to directly offer the promise of security that rivals what service to God alone can ultimately provide.
I am tempted every day to think if only I have enough money all my needs can be met. Food, clothes, shelter, education, health care, retirement!
It’s true. We all need money to live. But there will be a time when only the treasure we have stored in heaven will matter to us. The Teacher wants us to plan ahead.
Wouldn’t it be ironic, if we had wallets and purses full of In God We Trust, but none in our hearts?