Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 05 November 2015


By Jim Jordal

 As therefore the darnel  [tares in other translations] is gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those who do iniquity, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.                                                        Matthew 13:36-43 WEB

Perhaps you’ve been troubled over the seemingly endless revelations of evil evident in almost every facet of our culture. Whether it’s crime against individuals like murder or abuse, or crimes against the public, like Volkswagen and the tricked emission controls, or acts against human integrity like drug abuse or cheating in athletics, or whatever, it doesn’t seem to improve with age. This avalanche of revelations and exposures is further evidence that God’s process of uncovering evil is moving along.

Perhaps you’ve also wondered how on earth God was going to end this wickedness without also terminating everything we hold dear like family, friends, community institutions, or just the flora and fauna of creation. How can God end evil without also destroying the good?

There is an answer, but I don’t think it’s found in the conservative beliefs that the earth will be incinerated preparatory to God’s creation of “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwell righteousness.” I wonder if it isn’t the earth’s unscriptural systems rather than the physical earth that will be destroyed. God loves and respects his wondrous physical earth, but not necessarily the human political, social, and economic systems now preying upon it. These systems, while often designed for good, have gradually been poisoned by human greed, avarice, falsehood and cruelty to the extent that whatever good they may do is lost amid the evil outcomes of their operations.

 Our money system is one such entity. Designed to do public good by facilitating trade and making transfer of wealth easier, it has over the centuries morphed into an instrument of oppression through which those groups controlling the creation of money could thereby virtually own and control all other elements of society.

And it’s that way today. It seems to me that with all the needs of our society for better transportation, infrastructure, education, medical care, retirement income, housing, protection, and the hosts of needs always making headlines; coupled with the vast numbers of people either unemployed, partially employed, or already having dropped out due to hopelessness, that someone might say that if we have vast unmet needs and millions of mostly wasted labor resources we could through issuing more money put these marginal resources to work meeting our unmet needs. But no, that’s not what happens.

The endemic fear on Wall Street is the danger of inflation, or rising prices that may allow debtors to pay off loans in cheaper, inflated dollars, as well as acting to restrict people’s incomes, thereby lessening demand and consumption. Again, it’s big business and finance that steer the ship of commerce. They fear that lower demand for their products or services will decrease their sales and profits, so they do everything possible to restrict inflation. With the continuing massive stimulus provided by Uncle Sam, we should now face rapid inflation as all these extra dollars chase available goods. But we’ve had almost zero inflation, not because of the wisdom of the money powers, but because of stagnant wages for the consuming public, and the massive transfer of new wealth into the coffers of plenty as the ladder to higher income seem to be missing the few bottom rungs. The massive infusions of money into the system might in the past have worked, but they don’t now because almost all income increases go to the top one percent. So the economy limps on in spite of all efforts to recreate the missing middle class.

Reasonable answers are available, but they are ignored because we are not yet ready to heed what God says. He will remove the tares when the time is right.