Sunday, August 4, 2019
“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor” (Proverbs 14:31 KJV).
Is this a good verse to support minimum wage increases?
Unfortunately, friends, politicians will often say anything—even utter foolishness and fantasy—to get elected. Of course, they are not all evil; nevertheless, most exaggerate or outright lie to gain more votes. One politician recently claimed the Bible favored raising the minimum wage in the United States. In fact, he quoted today’s Scripture.
Since America has a large “Christian” (?) population, a Bible verse quoted goes a long, long (!!!) way in public arenas. The gullible masses assume, “Surely, no one using the Bible is dishonest!” Once the Scripture is quoted, the ignorant soak it up. In the blink of an eye, in the snap of a finger, heads bob in agreement and shouts of “Amen!” ring through the crowds. It is a cruel reality, but they will never check the Bible to see if that is what it really said. Skillful oration on the speaker’s part and slothfulness on the hearer’s part—spiritual darkness prevails as though God never gave us His Book!
Interestingly, while the aforementioned politician quoted today’s Scripture, he conveniently skipped the context. Here is one Divine principle to be followed when holding a governmental office: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (verse 34). Had he quoted this, he would lose votes! “Oh no, we cannot offend people concerning what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’ We do not want to go around dictating to others what is and what is not sin. That is narrow-minded bigotry.” See, whether religious cults or political campaigns, they use the Bible only when they agree. Otherwise, they ignore it. (I wonder if the politician who cares so much about the poor has followed the verse in which Jesus said to sell his possessions and give the monetary value to the poor? Would he care to obey Luke 12:33?! Highly unlikely!)
Who are the “poor” in today’s Scripture? Are they the 21st-century “underprivileged” Americans who “deserve” a raise? Well, frankly, they are not! Rather than “wresting” the Bible by haphazardly pulling “favorite” verses from their contexts, we let God’s Word interpret itself….