A short Bible passage from the Letter of James (chapter 1, verses 1-6):
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.
Does this emphasis seem odd coming from a site many would call “conservative?” That would be unfortunate in numerous ways. Does it seem odd to bring it up, here?
Do any Americans withhold employee or contract compensation? A few always do, but that has not been a pervasive problem since the disgraceful chattel slavery of America’s earlier days, slavery which many of our founders decried or lamented but was deemed necessary to officially condone, for the formation of the Union. Note, that did not turn out well.
And lamentably, it took the earlier “progressives” in America to catalyze the strong sentiments of so many authentist American Christians and Jews, to abolish the worst of our labor abuses, much of that being done about a century ago.
So, why refer to this passage now?
Please note the prophetic decree, “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire.” That is an extreme curse, so we had better understand what evil behavior it condemns.
To do so, we refer to…
…in the articles of the bound.
There, we see extremely massive iniquity, indeed — grevious sin under which we as a nation suffer to this moment and which, along with our vainglorious pride, so many empty idolatries, greed, perversions of the sexual nature, and the mass holocaust of abortion, we seem to try to cherish, kept save from the judgment we see all around us, like Gollum with his ring.
Yet it is for such sin we are judged.