Thou Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord in Vain….

I wouldn’t recommend mis-quoting the Creator, and taking his words out of context…  consider some other declarations he’s made.

During our Thanksgiving evening my son said, “Dad, you gotta see this!  I know it will make you mad!”

I’ve heard the above argument before from those who profane the Gospel in order to defend their own political beliefs, they say any effort for the government to tax or take by force, the wealth of one man for the need of another is “coveting and, therefore is Sin.”

Yes, God did say, “Thou shall not covet.”  But he also said…

“Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:10  (and in several other places)

This says clearly that everything a person can produce is NOT theirs to keep – sharing is not an option, it was commanded by LAW.  This biblical directive is opposed to the common belief of many American capitalists who believe that everything a person produces is theirs from “GOD”  and theirs to do with as they please.

The biblical prophets well understood that the fall of Israel was in correlation to their failure (as a NATION – not as INDIVIDUALS)  to care for the poorest and most marginalized.

Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!”  If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,  then I will let you live in this place.  (Jeremiah 7:4-7)

You levy a straw tax on the poor  and impose a tax on their grain.   Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,   you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.  For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins.

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.  Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times,  for the times are evil.   Seek good, not evil, that you may live.   Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you,   just as you say he is.  Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.  Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy  on the remnant of Joseph. (Amos 5:11 – 15)

Later, Jesus also reminded the rich ruler who came to him that to inherit eternal life he needed to… “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”  (Luke 18)

The Apostle Paul continued the theme that wealth is not for personal pleasure alone but for the benefit of all.  ” He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28

This also flies in the face of the psuedo-christian-capitalist who are willing to mis-quote God to defend their unjust systems.   If Paul had been on their side the verse would have said “… he must work, doing something useful…. so he can buy himself more stuff.”

No, the words of God have consistently and emphatically been that HE is the owner of all and that NONE should have excess while others have NONE.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3: 16-18

Please, 1% wanna-be’s, don’t try to fool us with misquotes and mis-use of words from God.  

Thanksgiving;  it is not about empty words, it is revealed in actions that reflect the Love of a God who Gave ALL, to those who deserved NOTHING.

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