Sunday, July 19, 2009

Justice, righteousness, and the love of money

Reflecting more on my affluence, sweat shops, Fair trade, capitalism, and more, I realised that yesterday on a subconscious level I was thinking of the challenge of James 5:
1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the righteous person.
This alludes to Deuteronomy 24 which discusses how in the Promised Land, God' s people are to deal with debt, poverty, and justice:
14"You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns. 15 You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the LORD, and you be guilty of sin.

1 comment:

  1. You have pin pointed the very essence of our collective sin. Wonderful observation and use of scripture.