21 Oct “In Uncle Sam We Trust”
One of my students told me he didn’t believe in anything that wasn’t tangible. I took a twenty dollar bill and a one dollar bill out of my wallet and asked, “If I gave you the opportunity to have one of these, which would you take?” He reached for the twenty. “But why,” I asked. “They are both the same size and the same weight. Intrinsically there is absolutely no difference other than the configurations of ink.” He answered something like, “One is twenty times more valuable than the other.”
Really? Who says? All of us do. This is only true because we have agreed that is so. One piece of paper is worth more than another piece of paper only because we put our faith in our monetary system. The actual material value of each is less than a penny. Yet, with one I can purchase a half gallon of gasoline and with the other I can purchase about nine gallons of gas. This only works as long as we continue to believe we can. Once we stop believing, the system collapses and chaos ensues.
Our money says “In God we trust” when actually it is “In Uncle Sam we trust.” Whether my young friend understood or not, he is a creature of faith. We all are. So why not take the next step and have faith in the God who made us? Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Our earth and the starry host had to come from somewhere. It is much more intellectually satisfying to believe they are the work of a loving Creator than because of some accidental explosion. And where did the stuff that exploded come from?