Ezekiel and the Theology of Work

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My current Bible reading is in Ezekiel, a book that I have always detested. Ezekiel was all white pages for me with no highlighting or underlining or notes on the text.

For some odd reason, this year is different. Tonight I was perusing an interesting website, and found the following excerpt which pretty much describes the U.S.

If the exiled Jews in Babylon missed the positive example in chapter 18, Ezekiel 22 gives them an explicit picture of where the nation went off the rails set by God. Jerusalem is the setting as the prophet looks at the political, economic and religious factors that led to its ultimate destruction. According to Robert Linthicum, the purpose of the political system is to establish a politics of justice and obedience to God (Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-18). The economic system is called to maintain an economics of stewardship and generosity (Deuteronomy 6:10-15; 15:1-18). The religious system is primarily responsible to bring people into a relationship with God and to ground the political and economic systems in God (Deuteronomy 10:12; 11:28). Religion provides the fences for the community and gives meaning to life. The political system provides the process, and the economic system supports the community. When the religious system gets out of order, everything else is up for grabs.[13]According to God’s law, the disparity between rich and poor (wealth and poverty) is a direct indicator of a nation’s or a community’s distance from God.

We have really missed what God has for us in the U.S. What we have left is the opportunity to repent and intercede. Here is another excerpt from the same site.

In the end, God looked for just one righteous person who would stand in the gap, but there was no one. It is this total disregard for righteous relationships that brings God’s wrath and punishment. The chapter ends (Ezek. 22:31) with God removing his protective hand from the people as they self-destruct. How does God bring judgment? He lets the systems take their natural course without intervening. The downward spiral ends in destruction. A theology of work must lay out the honest and merciful practices God’s people must follow (chapter 18). To disregard this is to court disaster.

Something to think about.

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