What Does Real Power Look Like?

Our government is out of control. In retrospect, everything that’s happened since 2016 looks like a temper tantrum over the fact that anyone would dare question the establishment’s right to rule. Most recently, the courts ruled against American companies in the Amazon, and suddenly the rain forest is burning.

Trump’s supporters tell him he’s the messiah, but if he would read the Bible he would see that he’s required to behave very differently than he has been behaving. He and his Christian supporters should be setting prisoners free, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Christians claim to be the new house of Jacob.)

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice: they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labors.

Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. (Isaiah 58: 1-8)

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