Some Notes from Isaiah for our Lawmakers

I was reading tonight in Isaiah, and when I turned the page to Chapter 10, verses 1-4 hit me between the eyes.

I find it particularly on-point with the current debates going on over budget cuts and what appears to be an effort to lay a great part of the tax burden upon the poor and middle class; and the ongoing efforts to exempt the richest segments of our society from paying their fair share of taxes.

Read now the words of Isaiah, written so long ago, and see if it does not constitute a warning:

1 Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,2 to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.3 What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? 4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.

Does that chill you as much as it does me…?


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