I am reminded of Jesus comments, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed".
This makes me struggle spiritually, and makes me wonder how a country as blessed as ours can be so ruled by the powers of greed, and, well power. America today reminds me of Solomon's empire. Which with its focus on accumulation and protection of accumulation, its massive neglect of the poor, its policies which made its own people virtual slaves, and its massive military spending, had become much like Egypt, the place of oppression from which Israel had been freed. The oppressed were now the oppressors. God was not happy! Is that where we are headed?
I do not think, Biblically, that asking those with resources to help those in need is the wrong thing to do. Think about the year of Jubilee, where the wealth of the nation (in the form of land, it was an agrarian society) was to be pooled and redistributed. That is God's idea of a tax code. Talk about taxes!!!
What is going on in America is scary from a Biblical perspective, as I believe it runs counter to what I think Jesus actually was concerned about.
My thoughts this morning. Lets all think, and pray
Blessings my friends