Miners in the California Gold Rush didn’t travel all that distance just to find pretty rocks.
They searched for gold, and the more of it, the better.
Feldspar is what we know as “fool’s gold.” It looks superficially like the real thing, but when we begin to refine it, it turns out to be regular stone, not a precious metal we can sell for a high price.
Miners learned to toss out feldspar. They hated it on their claim, as it could mislead them with its glitter and waste their time and energy.
Amos 5:14-15 is our description of the gold and feldspar we constantly encounter in our travels through life.
“Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”
The gold we search for is the good in life: our kindness toward others, our honesty, and our love and patience in times of stress.
Our feldspar is evil behavior and intent: greed, cruelty, and self-centered indulgence. We must toss it out as soon as we recognize it.
Christ is our gold standard, the one we mimic and strive to emulate.
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