Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What Jeremiah says

“They have become rich and powerful
and have grown fat and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;
they do not defend the just cause of the poor.
Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?
“A horrible and shocking thing
has happened in the land:
The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
But what will you do in the end?”—Jeremiah 5:27b-31

<idle musing>
Sure, Jeremiah is addressing Judah in the 6th century, but doesn't that ring true for today, too? Not only do the rich not seek justice or promote the case of the fatherless or defend the cause of the poor, but they go so far as to say it is wrong to do so! Shades of Thomas Malthus from the 19th century (look him up). There really is nothing new under the sun...
</idle musing>

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