All of them hoped to get rich quick by finding much gold. The discovery had such an effect on California that its official seal bears the words “Golden State” with a picture of an eager gold-miner.
The miners soon learned about fool’s gold; it looked like gold but wasn’t. It was harder than genuine gold, so the Forty-Niners (as the men came to be called) would bite the rock-like metal. If it was yellow and soft, it was gold. If not, the miner might break a tooth! If it looked like gold but wasn’t, they called it “fool’s gold.”
There is a parallel between fool’s gold and some things we face today. Being politically correct is much more important to many than truth. For example, we are taught that sexual sins are only an alternate lifestyle and we should not oppose it. Nonetheless, God’s Word thunders against it and calls it sin.
We are to believe it does not matter what road we take to Heaven, provided we are sincere. Yet, Christ declares: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” and “he who . . . climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and robber” (John 10:1; 14:6).
John Macarthur is a respected Bible teacher. He tells of a letter he received from a woman who wrote: “God doesn’t care what you believe, as long as you are sincere.” That statement reminds us of fool’s gold.
She continued, “All religions lead ultimately to the same reality. It doesn’t matter which road you take to get there, as long as you follow your chosen road faithfully Don’t be critical of the alternative roads other people choose,” she concluded. More fool’s gold!
Macarther responded that if the consequences of what we believe mean the difference between right and wrong, God’s pleasure and His punishment, life and death, then we must make sure that what we’re believing is based on clear thinking and the Scriptures.
We must be aware of spiritual fool’s gold; that is, what may sound fairly good may, in fact, be instigated by Satan himself.
We can neither condone nor disregard anti-Christian influences about us. Followers of Christ are to be the salt of the earth, and we must continue to speak up for the things of God, even if our words cut counter to so-called political correctness.
The Bible warns: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
The Book of Romans applies here: “The hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light” (13:11, 12).
We have fought the so-called cultural war and lost. Our Judeo-Christian heritage that gave us unprecedented freedoms have for the most part slipped away.
What can we do? Where can we go from here? Why not with joy proclaim the Virgin Birth, the Sacrifice at Calvary, the Resurrection of our Lord, the Inspiration of His Holy Word, and the second coming of Christ. That kind of faith is pure gold!