Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Monday, 25 October 2004

Worldwide deliverance from economic, political, social and even religious oppression is an idea whose time has come.  Winds of justice blow across the globe, bringing untold suffering as the oppressive systems of mankind come under the judgment of God.  The short term promises continued turmoil and unrest, while the long term brings righteousness, truth, justice, mercy and love in Christ's earthly kingdom.  It's up to us today to replicate as much as possible these kingdom blessings in our homes and churches.  Why not begin today?

And it will be in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved, that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, “How the oppressor has ceased, and how fury has ceased!  The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.  The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; they break forth into shouts of joy”….”This is the plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations.  For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it?  And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”
                                                                                                                             Isaiah 14:3-7, 26-27 (NASB)

      An idea whose time has come is like a monster earthquake, shaking the very mountains, tearing new water channels, smashing feeble constructs of mankind, and rearranging life on the planet.  It seems to arise from everywhere at once, awesome in its elemental power.  Even its smallest tremors give evidence of impending disaster, terrifying all souls with uncertainty as to what lies ahead.    
      Consider some great movements of American history: independence from England, abolition of slavery, the civil rights crusade, women’s suffrage.  They were ideas that could no longer be held back, crashing through the forces of conservatism attempting to hold them back.  They had potential to overthrow existing conventional norms and collapse entire societies.  This they did, while also creating new models of human organization and relationship lasting to this day.  In doing so they changed the course of American history. 
       Now consider what God means when he promises in hundreds of Bible verses relief from the age-old curses of oppression, injustice and poverty.  Ask yourself whether any resistance mounted by man can hold back the hand of God?  Can the purveyors of corruption, poverty, oppression, ignorance and injustice impede what God commands?  Can they?
      So we have another idea whose time has come:Deliverance!  Christians hear much of deliverance from sin, disease--even demon possession--but how much do we hear concerning the already-begun Great Deliverance from evil and oppressive world systems?      Many Christians pay little attention to changes sweeping through society because they view religious faith solely as a “Me and God” thing.  This spiritual individualism negates most of the great prophetic messages of Scripture concerning social and economic justice, and tends to minimize the clear teachings of Christ as well.
      We fear such rending change because it threatens our vested interest in the status quo.  We have each carved out our small place in the social and economic order of our communities, and we guard that place, no matter how miniscule, with vigor and determination.  What we often fail to understand is that God has a much larger place for us in His plan, and that our fearful clutching of the status quo prevents us from moving into His will.
      So, what indicators do we have that economic, social, political and even religious deliverance is close at hand?  You don't have to ponder the American situation long to realize that something is broken.  In the economic and financial realm, the news is universally bad, at least if you realize what is significant, and if you have any heart for those who suffer and are oppressed.  The media report that the recession is over, and that America is back on track.  But try to tell that to people who have lost good-paying jobs to outsourcing or off-shoring.  Try to explain this to college graduates who can find no work commensurate with their training.  Try to support the status quo to a family in which two people are employed full time, yet they cannot pay their bills or ever hope to own their own home.
      And then consider the serious and worsening distribution of wealth in America, where the three chief officers of Microsoft between them have more net wealth that some 35 countries combined.  Consider also that massive additions of trillions of dollars to the national debt because of tax cuts, of which the upper one percent of Americans get about 50 percent.  Then think about the callused disregard of both political parties to this mess.
      Yes, something is wrong, and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that only God can fix it.  It’s not that we shouldn’t try, but that we must trust the Almighty to do what only He can do.  We can’t continue on much longer under the present scheme of things, and that’s why I think the rapidly gaining movement toward social and economic justice in this nation is an idea whose time has come.  Why not join it?

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