Monday, June 07, 2021

A prescription for what ails the US

Dan 4:27 Therefore, Your Majesty, please accept my advice: remove your sins by doing what is right; remove your wrongdoing by showing mercy to the poor. Then your safety will be long lasting. (CEB)


Amos 5:18 Doom to those who desire the day of the Lord!
      Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
19 as if someone fled from a lion,
      and was met by a bear;
      or sought refuge in a house, rested a hand against the wall,
      and was bitten by a snake.
20 Isn’t the day of the Lord darkness, not light;
      all dark with no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I reject your festivals;
      I don’t enjoy your joyous assemblies.
22 If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food—
      I won’t be pleased;
      I won’t even look at your offerings of well-fed animals.
23 Take away the noise of your songs;
      I won’t listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (CEB)

Lest you think those are "Old Testament" thoughts that is irrelevant to you as a "New Testament" Christian:

James 5:1 Pay attention, you wealthy people! Weep and moan over the miseries coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted. Moths have destroyed your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you. It will eat your flesh like fire. Consider the treasure you have hoarded in the last days. 4 Listen! Hear the cries of the wages of your field hands. These are the wages you stole from those who harvested your fields. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of heavenly forces. 5 You have lived a self-satisfying life on this earth, a life of luxury. You have stuffed your hearts in preparation for the day of slaughter. (CEB)

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Let those who have ears to hear, hear!
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