Lay Aside Your Gavel

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 One of the things I love about the Bible is its patent honesty.  Great heroes are shown to be flawed, and a righteous character is never too far from sin.  The book of Jonah presents us with a man who doesn’t even pretend to follow God.  He is considered a prophet, one who speaks the words of God, and yet when he receives a call to go and preach to the vile city of Ninevah, Jonah turns and flees in the opposite direction.

 Certainly we can all relate to such bald-faced disobedience.  Most often we know what we ought to do but sometimes we just don’t wanna do it.  We go our own way and do our own thing.  So it was with Jonah.  It is easy to assume that Jonah ran away because he was afraid of going to preach before an evil king of an evil nation.  But there is a twist in the story that reveals a deeper malediction in the human heart.  In chapter 4 verse 2 Jonah admits to the real reason he ran: “I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” Then he asks God to kill him.


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God Bless Us Every 1%!

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Of all the insidious evils that plague the heart of humanity, greed has staked its claim as one of the most duplicitous.  When people try to put a face on greed, they immediately think of big business corporations, the 1 %, oil companies and billionaires…our president-elect.  Many people decry capitalism as being fundamentally greedy.  After all, those who have seem to get more and those who have not seem to be stuck in an inescapable rut.  Capitalism keeps the rich, rich and the poor, poor.  Worse yet, it keeps the greedy, greedy. 

 

I would interject here with a little perspective.  Certainly, there are those who are rich who are also greedy, but does being wealthy automatically indicate greed? 


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