Flatlander Faith

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Old money and new money

During my teen years, I used to pick up the latest copy of Look magazine at the drugstore and read it end to end. I can only remember one article. I don’t remember the title, but it was about people from families that had been wealthy for several generations and the new rich.

The point of the article was that those with old money did not feel they had anything to prove, while those who had recently become wealthy were always trying to prove, to themselves and others, that they were rich.

One example was two men going into the hardware store to buy gloves for working in the yard. The clerk (this was back in the day when stores still had clerks) showed each man the same pair of gloves. The first man, the one who had always been wealthy, did not find it at all embarrassing to ask “Don’t you have something a little cheaper? I only want them for working in the dirt and the bushes.”

The second man, whose wealth was of more recent date, asked “Don’t you have something better than that? I don’t care how much they cost.”

Why do we as Christians so often behave like the second man, as though we needed to prove something? If we are children of God we are heirs of imperishable riches. We should have a calm peace and assurance that lets us stand aside from the mad rush for the riches that shall perish.

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