Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-3
[The Lord declares:] “Come, pilule all you who are thirsty, unhealthy
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.”
Thought for the Day: One of the many things I have trouble understanding about our global culture is our unwillingness to share the planet’s resources. Why does everything have to be commoditized? Worse, why is there absolutely ZERO discussion about alternative economic systems? It’s a Capitalist world, no questions asked—no questions even allowed.
Yet, we clearly see that our ancestors imagined a world where all are welcome. In God’s world, from the Hebrew Bible through the stories of Jesus in the Second Testament, in the Qur’an, in messages from Buddha, and in every great religious and philosophical text that’s ever existed, the ultimate human world is a world without profit motive. It’s a world where we recognize the natural resources of the planet don’t belong to individuals and corporations, but rather are recognized as gifts from God for all humankind to share equally.
God invites everyone in for a drink and a bite to eat, and as beings created in God’s image, we are expected to do the same. Yet we create borders and turn people in need away, because there’s no profit in it.
If we truly want to see a peaceful, loving world, then we need to look past the superficial problems. The war in the Middle East isn’t about religion or borders. It’s about rampant Capitalism that creates uber-wealthy and uber-poor, just like unfettered Capitalism is doing here in the good ‘ol U.S of A. Unregulated Capitalism in a world that recognizes corporations as people (!) is the underlying evil, the great Satan causing all our woes. The only way to change the world is to change the underlying global economic system, and we already have good advice on what that system looks like in our holy texts. In my opinion, it’s beyond time to start following that very good advice.
Prayer: God of abundance, help us stop making excuses. Melt our hard hearts and eliminate our greed. Show us there is more than enough land and food in this world for every woman, child, and man. Give us the courage to destroy the evil economic systems we’ve created, and to replace them with a system of global justice and sharing in Your endless, magnificent abundance. After all, Good God, we are all Yours before we are Jew or Palestinian, Republican or Democrat, Russian or Ukrainian. We are all Your children simply looking for safe haven. Give us safe haven, God. Give it to us now. Amen.