What is true wealth? How is it defined? Gold? Bonds? Currencies? Possessions? Real estate? If you’ve been alive in the past four years, you have some idea of how difficult it is to hold on to what is defined as wealth. Gold looks great to some people–and consequently its “value” has increased. But what is the real value of gold, except that which has been assigned to it? Here we speak of earthly exchange, but what about spiritual and eternal exchange? What is important there? When we inventory that issue, we need to consider what value we assign to Christ. There are “real and objective” ways to do that, which we will do in another post. Obscuring the “real” ways are the social, the subjective ideas regarding the value of Christ to a society, to the world. GK Chesterton puts it this way: “…the Church from its beginnings, and perhaps especially in its beginnings, was not so much a principality as a revolution against the prince of the world… [At the time] Olympus still occupied the sky like a motionless cloud molded into many forms; philosophy still sat in the high places and even on the thrones of the kings, when Christ was born in the cave and Christianity in the catacombs. In both cases, [there is] the same paradox of revolution; …. of something despised & of something feared. The cave in one aspect is only a hole or corner into which the outcasts are swept like rubbish; yet in the other aspect it is a hiding-place of something valuable which the tyrants are seeking like treasure.
- GK Chesterton (REF: “The Man Who Was Thursday”)