Cash Can’t Console You at 1:00am

Or Why Billionaires Remain Unlikely Lifelong Friends

Proverbs 18:24:

A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Ruminating on what exactly troubled me about the movie I had just watched, I realized that it wasn’t the protagonist’s penchant for biting sarcasm, nor his razor-edged insults, nor in his inability to dress for any occasion. What bothered me about the lead character in The Social Network was the fact that he sacrificed his best friend for a billion dollars.

Mark traded a friendship with Eduardo, perhaps his only decent friend, for a chance to grow his company. We would quickly ask, “Why?”; but, to the world, the answer is simple: “Money.”

But, as Christians, those of us who believe that the love of money is the root of all evil, who believe that heaven-held treasures are better than earth’s, who believe that Jesus Christ died and lives for sinners to turn from sins like money-lust, that answer simply won’t suffice. We believe in things like faithfulness, honor, friendship, loyalty, and oath-keeping, because we believe in a God who is and does all of those things.

We ought never trade a friend for money, not for $5 or $50 billion. In exchange for a friend, money just isn’t worth it.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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