Here’s part of a recent email from moveon.org. It uses the word “heinous” about this bankruptcy bill – that means “grossly wicked or abominable.” Would our dear leaders ever do anything “grossly wicked or abominable”?

A great majority of the families that declared bankruptcy last year did so because of a major life crisis – huge medical bills or layoffs – that threw them into a spiral of debt.”

That is just the truth. If you have your ears open or circulate at all in our society you know cases like that. It is infuriating and profoundly tragic. And it is being done to us (“we the people”) on purpose.

” Now, after a multi-year, multi-million dollar lobbying effort by credit card companies, Congress is poised Wednesday to approve a sweeping change in bankruptcy law that would make it impossible for folks who have been dealt a bad hand to get a clean start. The law actually gives credit card companies new ways to seize your home and car if you get into financial trouble.”

All for the sake of increasing the ability of the wealthy to attract to themselves even more of the little bit the rest of us have managed up to now to hang on to.

“After accepting more than $620,000 from the lending industry to his various PACs, Republican Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay has scheduled the vote for Wednesday. The change in bankruptcy laws is a clear example of whose interests the Republicans in Congress are serving.”

Poor Tom DeLay; he’s facing a little criticism for his rampant ethical illness. Oops. “Poor” is probably not the right word. His immorality has gained vast wealth for him and his family.

Here is a tiny bit of the tip of the iceberg of what Scripture says about economic exploitation and oppression. Still the old question echoes: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Here’s another recent post on this.)

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight”. (Luke 16:13-15)

The LORD takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people. The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?” declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. (Isaiah 3:3-5)

Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land … skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat. The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done. Will not the land tremble for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink. (Amos 8:4-8)

These are serious charges and threats. They are not made by me, but are taken from the Word of God. The Lord has a long-standing hatred of money-lust, financial brutality and arrogance. He holds those in contempt who devote themselves to such idolatry.