Thursday, 24 January 2013

Psalm 82.

God addresses the ruling council:

"'How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked?

"Give justice to the weak and the orphan,
maintain the right of the lowly and destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

The wicked rule the earth:
"They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk around in darkness,
all the foundations of the earth are shaken."  Psalm 82:2-5 (NRSV)

But they are children of God also.

This recalls the prophets.

The world in which the innocent masses are dominated by the wicked still exists today.  What has changed?

Powerful people enslave and kill others.

These powerful, wicked people are full of fear.
The conventions of our society are institutionalized fears.

So perhaps, rather than seeing them as an enemy, we could almost feel sorry for them.  So racked are they by fear.  Fear of poverty.  Fear of failure.

Financial conventions are literally petrified fears made law.

Pray for Captains of Industry!
Challenge business conventions!

(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.)

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