About 3000 years ago, someone, apparently in the Royal Court copied some laws down on a broken piece of pottery. This was the post-it note of the day. Archaeologists believe that the Royal official (scribe) was copying down laws in an educational exercise, learning the laws.
The pottery shard was found in 2008 about 15 miles south west of Jerusalem. It is the oldest piece of Hebrew we currently have, a thousand years before Jesus. The question I had was, what does it say? What was the people God was calling to Himself thinking about as laws fro their culture? Will Christians today hear God's calling to us?
“Give rights to slaves and to widows! Give rights to orphans and foreigners! Protect the rights of the poor and protect the rights of minors!”
Well, there it is. The oldest witness of the Hebrew people, that God called to Himself. Doesn't sound much like regular old human nature to me. Foreigners? You mean those ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO? Give them RIGHTS? What sort of Liberal claptrap is this? Poor have RIGHTS? Even the poorest workers? Occupy a Widow's house to keep a bank from evicting her?!
How can America survive if we follow this sort of Liberal Garbage?
Oh... God calls us to this. It isn't Liberal or Conservative, it is God's way. God has for centuries called His people to reach out to the downcast, the dispossessed, and the ones not at the top of society. Not the 1%.
He is Lord of all humanity, and how we treat His people is important. It matters. There is a man at the gate, his name is Lazarus.
Bishop Doyle of Texas has this comment "I am convinced that how we live our lives today affects how we live in the kingdom of God today and how we will live in the kingdom of God in the future.
In fact, it may be impossible for us to arrive at God's gate if we are not holding the hands of Lazarus, himself. The blessing of the Cross and the Resurrection is not some kind of free ticket out of jail at the end of our lives, is freedom given to us in order to serve those in need and those in our midst."