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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

An Unwelcome Harvest

Yet, they lean upon the Lord and say “is not Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” (Micah 3:11).

What would Micah say today about those who carry on religious ritual or preach peace, yet oppress the poor? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1290).

None dare call it oppression – this complacency and bland contentment with the widespread payment of poverty wages. We sanctimoniously declare that it's the result of a free labor market, and to that market we bow in acquiesce as if it were the final determinant of justice and fairness. We have made the market economy our idol and have with it supplanted the one true God. In public speeches we hear deeply intoned “God bless America” yet we ignore his holy priorities and decrees. The Lord demands justice, but we have responded with a bankrupt economic savvy that can excuse anything no matter how egregious based upon a self-serving and man-made view of the American Way. We allow the flow into wealthy private coffers grossly unfair distributions of wealth. We require no fair payback from the wealthy. Yet we feel that we can go on in this way indefinitely and the Lord will allow no disaster to come upon us. We have yet to learn the lesson that justice is a cosmic principle that cannot and will not be relegated to our private trash heaps of willful complacency. God’s truth will march on either with or without us. Injustice always ends sooner or later with an unwelcome harvest – the bitter grapes of wrath not only for the few, but the many.

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