For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, you who distress the righteous and accept bribes and turn aside the poor in the gate.
For oppression makes a wise man mad, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
Consider these words from George Washington* when chosen to lead our army:
'I beg leave to assure the Congress that no pecuniary consideration could have tempted me to accept this arduous employment at the expense of my domestic ease and happiness. I do not wish to make any profit from it.'
Consider these Words of God when He looked at Israel's corrupt leaders:
'Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, and a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together' (Micah 7:3).**
In America, donors, lobbyists and special interests rule. Bribes are called honorariums, engagements, books deals and perks. As money continues its reign, political reforms fall flat. The worldwide web weaves a net of deceit, catching people like fish.
While we make a show of freedom, we make a practice of bondage: chains of materialism, narcissism and selfishness.
Caught in the barbed wire of governmental fences are poor people: stuck behind bars in greater numbers than any other nation; stuck with politicians who favor the rich to get elected;
Stuck in debt because because earth's great merchants weave advertisements of lust: If you buy, try, eat, smoke, say, wear, watch or win this, you'll be happy.
We can call selling out another name, but it's still bribery.
To Be Continued...
* Short article, Ten Facts About Washington's Presidency: http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-first-president/ten-facts-about-washingtons-presidency/
** 'Bad men gain a dreadful skill and wisdom in evil, as Satan has; and cleverness in evil is their delight... All, prince, judges, the great, unite in the ill, and this not once only, but they are ever doing it and "so they wrap it up," (literally, twist, intertwine it.)... they "pervert" it, the cause of the poor' (Barnes Notes on the Bible re: Micah 7:3): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/micah/7-3.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.