I haven’t read the funny pages since Calvin & Hobbes’ tragic departure in 1995. In fact, I might just blame the end of the print newspaper era in general on this untimely comedic exit. Bill Watterson was a master at capturing humanity, wrapped up in the deceptively innocent package of a sarcastic and devious stuffed tiger and his mischievous human companion.
In the attached comic strip, Calvin finds a quarter in the grass and is initially filled with exuberant joy and materialistic dreams. At that moment Calvin possessed more money than he ever thought possible. But the joy was short-lived and snatched almost immediately from his grasp by greed as he dove head-first into the grass looking for more. From riches to discontent in a matter of milliseconds. So humorous and yet so tragically Biblical.
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have . . . .
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:9-12.