Archive for the ‘injustice’ Category

11:21 Unholy Alliances

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.* Proverbs 11:21

Maryland National Guard unit battles union workers.

When for a few months I was compelled to belong to a union in order to hold a job, I read the union papers with interest. I found that unions had made unholy alliances with evil organizations for political power. Hand had joined in hand for evil. The union urged support of abortion, reverse discrimination, and homosexual “rights.” Not surprisingly union bedfellows included socialists, communists, and everyone opposed to free enterprise. Historically unions have advanced their power through mob violence. Those same coalitions and tactics are evident today. In nothing I read from the union did I get a hint that the authors and editors gave a moment’s consideration to God or to the eternal consequences of their advocacy issues. A naked materialism held sway.

There are unholy alliances on the other side, too, where materialism is often masked behind a facade of faith. Historically, the money interests have often colluded with unjust political structures and established religions. Such coaltions are also evil. The point is that when evil men join hand in hand, whatever their politics, they are wrong and will not go unpunished.

Jesus belonged to no coalition. Like the boldest of his followers ever since, he stood alone when it counted, not linking hands with evil-doers on any side. Unable to co-opt him, all factions united to kill him–the money interests, the religious establishment, the mob, and the tyrannical Roman government. Forty years later, the Jewish nation reaped the fruit of their choices in the destruction of their nation, their holy city, and their temple. But the righteous Jesus was resurrected from death to found the most noble institution the world has ever known.

*Some modern translations lose the concept of coalitions.

13:23 Poverty Through Injustice

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away. Proverbs 13:23

Sebastian Vranx (1573-1643): Soliders plundering a farmhouse.

During the Thirty Years’ War, many Germans starved to death. Marauding armies moved across the country again and again seizing whatever food the peasants produced. Many became so discouraged they stopped planting. Injustice had swept prosperity away.

Economies falter from injustice, too. When government policies rob hard-earned profits from businessmen to funnel to their allies and supporters—or to the idle—production drops. “What is the use?” businessmen may think, and move their money to safer havens.

So far from being unjust, Jesus honored the smallest contribution of the weakest saint. He noticed the widow who gave her last tiny coin, and He promised reward to anyone who even gives just giving a cup of water to one of his brethren “for my name’s sake.”