There are some things money can’t buy… for everything else there’s….

yep… Mastercard.

That is their recent campaign and it speaks the soul of the American captialist ethos: some things are priceless, but everything else can be bought. Now… that is not necessarily a bad way to look at things. It is true actually… there ARE some things money can’t buy, but the things that can be bought are bought… by cash, check, and credit card.

The problem with all of this is not Mastercard’s fault… it is a tool for us to make purchases. The problem is with us… we so often try to buy what can’t be bought: bragging rights, pleasure, peace, security. But, like a marksman with poor aim we wind up buying the ‘everything else’ in search of the “things money can’t buy”.

If we look at where our money goes… so often it is either a sad tale or a mystery. It goes and we are left without the things we really want and need: love, hope, faith, purpose, and inner self worth. It goes in the spur of the moment and we are left wondering what happened. Aside from the personal and family financial implications… it is bad for the soul.

In Acts 8 we read of a similar type of thing: Simon, who is a revered and powerful magician among the people, falls into company with the two super-apostles Peter and John. And after seeing the power of God working through them:

…he offered them money, saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God’s gift with money!

As ‘works in progess’ if we could keep apples with apples and oranges with oranges… we will be a lot happier. If we buy the things we want and need we will be satisfied… and if we define our lives and life’s work by the priceless things: family, friends, love, peace, hope, faith… we will be glorified!

Mastercard had it right (but the emphasis is wrong), they want us to buy in to:

There are some things money can’t buy… FOR EVERYTHING ELSE THERE’S MASTERCARD!

God would rather we live by:

THERE ARE SOME THINGS MONEY CAN’T BUY… for everything else there’s Mastercard.