Silver and Gold

Recently, my step-kids were up for a visit. While here, they enjoyed watching a semi-marathon of Christmas movies with their Dad. One of the movies was the 1964 Rankin/Bass production of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – a real classic! Burl Ives is the voice of the chubby, cheerful snowman who sings a song called, “Silver and Gold”. My step-daughter said that she hated that song because she thought that it was promoting materialism and the love of riches. I decided to check out the lyrics for myself to see if her comment was accurate. Here is the first part of the song:

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

I think I can understand where her opinion comes from. The song does say that silver and gold is only worth the pleasures that they can bring. However, I think that she is misunderstanding the context. Rather than meaning the riches are to be used for selfish pleasures, I believe our chubby, cheerful snowman friend is saying that wealth and riches aren’t really worth anything unless they are spent on blessing other people – on giving others pleasure.

 God made silver and gold:
Psa 104:24 O Jehovah, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your riches.
So it can’t be a bad thing to own some. But like everything else that God has given to us, it is how we regard riches and what we do with it them that is important.
You can be one of the wealthiest people on Earth and still be the most bankrupt in the areas of love, grace, wisdom, mercy, etc. Conversely, you could be materially poor but rich in those same areas – the areas that really matter.
Pro 13:7 There are those who act rich, yet have nothing; and those who act poor, yet have great riches.
Accumulating wealth for the express purpose of keeping it for yourself is not good for you.
Ecc 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not allow him to sleep.
Ecc 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for their owners to their hurt.
Ecc 5:14 But those riches perish by evil use.
We are told that we are not supposed to be hoarding our wealth.
Mat 6:19 Do not lay up treasures on earth for yourselves, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
Rather, we have been instructed to share it or give it away.
Mat 5:42 Give to him who asks of you, and you shall not turn away from him who would borrow from you.
Mat 19:21 Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. 
God wants us to give happily and with love in our hearts.
2Co 9:7 … God loves a cheerful giver.
We never lose by giving. In fact, giving brings great blessings.
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you, good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over, they shall give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again.
I think that we have made a serious error with our children in regards to Christmas. We train them to focus on the “silver and gold” things they want to get rather than teaching them that Christmas is about giving. Christmas is all about God giving us His son, Jesus. In turn, Jesus gave us himself, by laying down his life for us, and in so doing, he gave us the greatest gifts of all – forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
We need to teach our children, by example, that at Christmas time, in fact, at all times, it is much better to spend our “silver and gold” on blessing others and bringing others pleasure, rather than accumulating “treasure” for ourselves.
Act 20:35 I have shown you all things, that working in this way we ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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