I saw an old episode of the classic show Rawhide. A preacher was telling the story of the gold calf that the people were worshiping when Moses came down from the mountain. To the cowhands, he took out a large gold rock from his pocket. You could see the lust in the eyes of the cowhands when the gold appeared from his pocket. The preacher compared the gold rock to the gold calf that the Israelites prayed to. The gold symbolized greed in the minds of man. He stated that we should not seek out material wealth, but we should seek God’s truth of helping each other. Greed and selfishness only lead to suffering. The preacher stated that the difference between God’s gold and the devil’s gold. Hard work and understanding was required to obtain God’s gold (salvation) while the path to the devil’s gold was easy.
But the irony of the story was when the preacher turned out to be greedy himself tempted by financial gains of deceiving the cowhands. This is only a fictitious story, but looking at the real world, greed and selfishness sometimes over powers even the most pious person. It takes much effort, and time to sweep the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. It is with this difficulty that we sometimes need God’s assistance to lead us in the right path of helping others. Watch for God’s guidance.
For those seeking a good ending to the story. The preacher eventually saw the wrong he had committed, and helped the cowhands that he had deceived. This is only a story, but it has a good lesson about suffering that greed and selfishness cause.