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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Warning to Oppressors Who (think that they) Are Rich!

     We often speak much about the entire sowing and reaping process that God has built into His eternal system, that which governs human action to recognize and experience that God is omniscient, He is omnipotent, that He rewards those who obey His laws and extracts payment from those who don't. You cannot mock God and believe you can get away with it.
     I know! I know! People get tired of hearing me rant that specific verse that verifies that there is a price to pay for each one of our deeds: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap, (Galatians 6:7). Oh, we may fool a lot of people and probably get away with certain peccadillos, but God sees every action that has been committed by each and every one of us. And while others may not see our sins, God does, He won’t be mocked, and there will be a heavy price to pay.
     We mention this, today, to identify a major culprit of the incendiary immigration debate that hardly anyone mentions: Those who hire undocumented workers!They know who they are!
     “It’s those illegal aliens, who broke the law, who are the guilty ones for coming across without papers,” is the hue and cry!
     But they seldom complain about those people and companies who get away with committing a crime that may be even more sinister than wanting to work to feed your family. Those who hire undocumented workers know that they are getting practically free labor compared to what they would have to cough up to those law-abiding citizens who complain undocumented workers are taking jobs away from them. We won’t even go down that road; but there are tens of thousands of employers, farmers, factory owners and others who hired these hungry folks, get them to work hard to collect their harvest and then call the immigration service to rid themselves of these workers after the job is done, thereby avoiding having to pay the laborers for their last month of work.

     Sin is always an act of wrong judgment! However, as A.W. Tozer has said, “to commit a sin a person must for the moment believe that things are different from what they really are; he must confound values; he must see the moral universe out of focus; he must accept a lie as truth and see truth as a lie; he must ignore the signs on the highway and drive with his eyes shut; he must act as if he had no soul, and was not accountable for his moral choices.”
     However much we try to rationalize our acts, blaming it on economic times, increasing operating costs, higher taxes, exorbitant insurance costs, etc.; those who hire undocumented workers have to accept the fact that what they have done is not right, it's against the law, it’s a sin, plain and simple. A bad deed is bad indeed!
The Bible is filled with a myriad scripture that warns people not to treat the alien unfairly; we listed over 250 on this blog just the other day. Whenever we run across not just a verse or two that addresses this issue, but an entire chapter (James 5:1-11), we feel it is our duty to share this with you. Following is an entire chapter that clearly, and succinctly, and leaving no doubt whatsoever, tells us what God is going to do to those individuals and companies who lured aliens into their household or factory to basically get free labor. This includes the rich Beverly Hills woman who hired Maria to cook, clean and even raise her kids, all the way up to that shrewd businessman who operates that sewing factory downtown, the one the INS raided a few months ago. Some who have committed these crimes have already felt the sword of justice from God. Many an individual, company or major corpotration, who used to boast about the vast fortunes they have (amassed by the sweat, sorrow and pain of immigrant labor), sit in awe and amazement how quickly their empire crumbled, never admitting (nor remembering) that it was due primarily to their own nefarious action. For those who have not experienced the sowing and reaping experience yet, keep looking back, it's right around the corner. 
     However, while God foretells the oppressors what He has in store for them, in this chapter, He also encourages the workers to hang in there. He tells them that their redemption is near. He tells them not to give up hope, that they will be rewarded for their suffering. Pay heed:
     1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.
     7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. 9 Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
     10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:1-11)

“Gracias A Dios!”


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