For many years, the idea of Fort Knox and the wealth that it holds has been of interest. In fact, sayings have originated around the term “Fort Knox.” For instance, think about these sayings: Rich as Fort Knox… I would not give you all the gold in Fort Knox for that … that jewelry looks like Fort Knox!
Why the comparison? How much gold is in Fort Knox? I did a little research this week to try and find out about Fort Knox and its purpose.
A large amount of gold is stored in a vault at the Fort Knox Bullion Depository. This facility is managed by the U.S. Mint. Fort Knox is only one of the depositories in the country that holds gold. There are four others.
This gold is so precious and vital to the United States monetary system that it is strongly guarded and enormously watched. The building that holds the gold is made of steel, granite and concrete. The vault inside the building is guarded by a door that weighs over 20 tons, so the gold is in the most secure place possible. Authorities say that no one person has the combination to the vault. At any one time, several people have part of the combination. Everyone with part of the combination knows nothing about the others’ combinations and it takes all the parts of the combinations to open the vault.
In the vault, handlers wear gloves when moving the gold so not to make impressions on the gold. Each gold bar is almost pure gold and just a little smaller that a regular brick. Each bar contains about 400 ounces of gold so each brick is worth $16,888.00.
There are no visitors allowed in Fort Knox. Even after this little research, I still don’t know how much gold is in Fort Knox.
Yet does it matter? That is only the earthly standard for our money and that standard could be in danger of losing its value at any time. If someone robbed Fort Knox, we would be in a predicament. If an earthquake hit near Fort Knox and ripped its facilities apart causing all the gold to descend into a large sinkhole, we would be in a dilemma. If terrorists took over Fort Knox and stole the gold, we would face a huge financial crisis even more than the one we are in now.
The reality is that nothing is sure on earth, no matter what its value. That means Fort Knox is not secure. Oh, we could be happy for awhile if we had all the gold in Fort Knox. I could buy new cars, new houses, pay all my debts, give money to many other people and it would give me security for a while. But that is only transient and temporal and would not last.
As a Christian, my inheritance is different. Peter wrote to some Christians of long ago: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy, he has given us the new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, perish or fade kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3-5) Riches in glory!!
That inheritance will endure for all time and eternity. It can’t be spent, wasted or stolen and it is safe in heaven for all those who believe. Further, money cannot buy anything of value for eternity.
I don’t have the riches of the world and I sure don’t have the gold in Fort Knox. I don’t really care. I am rich! My riches are in heaven.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: email@example.com