Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Thursday, 19 April 2018


BY Jim Jordal

 The word of Yahweh came to Zechariah, saying, "Thus has Yahweh of Armies spoken, saying, 'Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. Don't oppress the widow nor the fatherless, the foreigner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.' But they refused to listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Armies had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from Yahweh of Armies...These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates, and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate," says Yahweh.   Zechariah 7:8-12; 8:16-17  (emphasis mine)

It’s as old as the hills, folks, that power-hungry rulers use every opportunity to fleece their own people and transfer money up the income stream to the few at the top. Most of these corrupt leaders consider it their earned right to use whatever governmental position they hold to extract money from the people through corrupt stratagems and legal maneuvers enacted by their corrupt friends.

I can’t conceive of a time in the history of nations that this has not been so. A wag once defined government as a strategy designed to transfer wealth from the bottom to the top. Whenever that was, it’s still alive today doing its evil work in probably half the nations on earth.

Immigration, especially that from Mexico and other equally distressed countries, is much in the news. But walls, troops, guards, and threats won’t solve the problem. One TV contributor of the many I watch, last week finally voiced what really is needed. He said that until economic conditions are vastly improved, and political corruption is ended, there is no hope for any other lesser method to make any real difference. Many South and Central American countries have long histories of dictators backed by armies of hired troops able to control popular uprisings against tyrannical rule as it bleeds money from the nations’ limited supplies. This money generally ends up in Swiss banks or gated communities, or gigantic yachts, or private 747s, or in very risky hedge funds and other perilous ventures.  And so generation after generation remains poor and the poorest and perhaps bravest of them seek asylum in the U.S.

And then there’s our idiotic, spendthrift manner of using earth’s resources as if there’s no tomorrow. And for some there isn’t because they believe they will be raptured off to heaven as the earth destroys itself in a cataclysm of nature. So caring for the earth and its denizens is essentially useless to some who, by the way, have watered down their public pronouncement because they anger voters so much. In underdeveloped nations the problem is even worse as tyrants sell pollution rights to wealthy gold mining companies and oil drillers who ignore suffering of indigenous tribes as they are literally poisoned by drinking their own water. And even worse is that polluting companies can take their cases to a private court that usually declares the natives guilty of harming the polluters. Talk about real justice, huh?

The love of money is the root of all evil, scripture says. There’s a vast difference between having money and loving it to the extent of destroying one’s very soul. Some families of old money consider it socially bad form to exhibit wealth and flaunt it before others. But some of the new rich consider it a source of great pleasure not only to brag of their new wealth, but to vividly described how they manipulated society to gain it.

So there’s nothing inherently wrong in being wealthy as were some of the patriarchs; but it is sinful to use wealth to harm others and to pollute God’s creation. If you look again at the text passages you’ll see that all the ones typed in bold are now being used somewhere on  earth to help destroy people and whatever good values of their cultures still exist.