When I was a pre-teen boy we lived on a farm for a couple of years. I learned things you just wouldn’t believe unless you’ve had a similar experience. From helping a cow give birth to killing a chicken for dinner, I’ve done it all! I also learned that animals can be quite messy and each has its own way of making a stink! I used to have to shovel out the barn, the chicken coop and, of course, the rabbit, goat and pig pens! Interestingly enough, I also learned that if you get enough manure piled up, people will actually come and buy it from you. Chicken manure takes top dollar for some odd reason, but people also mix cow manure into their fields as a fertilizer. Just imagine… people coming to our farm to trade what I’ll affectionately call our “crap” for their hard-earned money.
The world has a similar program… Take valuable things and make them appear to be worth nothing, and then take “crap” and merchandise it as if it were gold. And unlike manure, most of the “crap” we buy from the world is absolutely worthless. Virginity sold for nothing, while purity is mocked. Life destroyed on the altar of “choice” while true freedom in Christ is considered narrow-minded. We use our money to build monuments to ourselves (in the form of “stuff”) while others created in God’s image starve within blocks of most of our homes. We work our entire lives to get money so we can buy “crap” and we scrap what’s infinitely valuable in the process.
“Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” James 2:5