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Scott Elliott
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The instructions to properly run a nation are on our bookshelves
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Posted: 2012 Feb 17 - 01:58

The Bible is often about two choices; the elite earthly power's way of doing things, like Rome's violent way to peace and justice for a few; or God's heavenly way of doing things, like Jesus' non-violent way to peace and justice for all.

The powerful, like those in ancient Rome and modern Washington D.C. , by and large choose what is best for the powerful few. This is not some conspiracy theory created by the likes of the Tea Party or members of the Occupy Movement.

Throughout history most of what the Occupy Movement calls "The 1 percent," the very powerful, have used their considerable wealth and influence to maintain control of politics in order to protect their power and wealth against the interests of the 99 percent.

From peasantry and serfdom; to royalty and classes; to patron systems and church inquisitions; to slavery and patriarchy; to lobbyists favored over constituents, to uneven taxing and crazy healthcare systems, the powerful have ignored, dehumanized, ruled over, divided, cheated and even terrorized those without power, the 99 percent.

What is good for all of us, including, I might add, the powerful, is plainly not within the earthly power's way of doing things, their choice is rarely (if ever) God's way.

The elite, for all their wealth and education, apparently do not know how to do what is good for us all.

But here's the thing, the non-elite, the 99 percent, pretty much know what is good for all. Most ordinary people know the basics of how to fix what's wrong. It's not that hard to get rid of the types of things that plague our nation, poor education, poverty, crazy health care, financial abuses, unfair taxes, discrimination, injustice and rampant corrupt-pay-for-policies politics.

The truth is there is enough for all to have enough. The truth is greed should never supersede need, and justice should never take a back seat to anything.

We could stop hunger, discrimination, financial abuses, unfair taxes, injustices and inadequate education. We could stop corrupt government where the powerful finance the campaigns of politicians who, in turn, protect and feed the powerful's greed, rather than fix the nation's need.

It's not that hard to fix what ails us, and the 99 percent know it. Most homes in America have God's plan for national leadership set out in a book on their shelves. The Bible lays it out plainly at Psalm 72: Give the king your justice, O God ... May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy and crush the oppressor ... In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight . . . May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.

Psalm 72 sets out God's Way to run a country. Alas I've not heard a single politician mention that way.

People in power have been telling you and me all sorts of complicated earthly power ways to fix this or that, most of which keeps the status quo and power with the powerful.

Wouldn't it be refreshing instead to hear them tell us this thousands-of-years-old heavenly way of running a nation?

And we'd certainly all be better off if they went out and did it.

I constantly pray that they will.

The Rev. Scott Elliott is the pastor at Riviera United Church of Christ in Palm Bay. Visit Riviera UCC's website at rivieraucc.org.

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