… the more they stay the same. A progressive Christian reflection on Amos and Economics
[this excerpt] depicts the economic injustices of Amos’ own time and place. Now, his words have become universal as the globalization of business and industry has seized economic advantages everywhere. … Many of the most vulnerable people in our own communities are sinking rapidly into poverty as they are forced to the margins of a money-driven society. - John Shearman
Over and over again we seem to skirt global economic ruin. Over and over again we seem to find a way to pull back from the brink. But at what cost? And how often does it happen before we become so complacent that we begin to think that it’s the normal state of affairs?
And when that happens, when we stop listening to even the most repetitive warnings and fears, what happens then? Do we become like the “basket of summer fruit” that the writer of Amos describes? Do we really have to wait for everything to collapse before we listen to that inseverable “still small voice” that tells us we need to do things differently? That we can do things differently?
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practise deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ Amos 8:4-6