A Government that Works for All the People
Both Israel and Judah had rejected Jehovah-Jireh (which means the Lord will provide), the same God that provided the former and the latter rains. The former rain or the early rains were from October to December and were necessary to soften the ground for planting after the long, hot summer. The latter rains came in March and April just before the harvest season. God fulfilled the covenant but the people did not.
In Israel and Judah the people were serving foreign gods. They disregarded God and showed mocking contempt for the prophets of God and their warnings. The false prophets led the people away from God into a life given totally to deceit, oppression, and wickedness. This caused the people to be content with a completely corrupt government, a government that catered to the needs of the “Haves” while ignoring the needs of the “Have Nots.” Sound familiar?
As has been mentioned before in this blog, our state motto is the welfare of the people shall be the supreme law. So how is it that our state government that was put in place “by the people” and consists “of the people” is not working for the welfare of all the people? It seems we are violating the state’s supreme law.
When the powerful men and women who control our government would rather cut funding for education so that the wealthiest one or two percent of the people in this country will not have to pay their fair share of taxes, it’s an example that our government is not working for all the people.
When those same powerful men and women oppose Medicaid Expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act, which provides healthcare for those who cannot afford to buy health insurance, it’s an example of our government not working for all the people.
When those same powerful men and women oppose putting a cap on payday loans and raising the minimum wage so that working men and women in this country earn a livable wage, it’s just another example of our government not working for all the people.
When social security is called “entitlement” and retirees who have paid into social security while working hard on their jobs every day are called takers, because they receive social security checks each month by those same powerful men and women, we see an example of our government not working for all the people.
And just as the corrupt government in Jeremiah’s day had to face the bitter reality of God’s judgment, so too will those powerful men and women in our government, who take from the poor and give to the rich. Again, we are calling for a government that works for all the people.
Reverend Artist Taylor, Pastor, True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City