As election season approaches one common (and maybe the most common) political issue for Christians is abortion. It is as if this one issue is the deciding factor for every elected official. I get the sense with some people if abortion were outlawed involvement in politics would cease. Abortion is sin. Killing people and placing it under the banner of “human rights” is calling “dark” “light”.
Yet the levels of injustice seen in other areas of government are cause for GREAT concern. Currently the US continues to print money on demand. The effect of our continuous printing drives the value of the dollar down. Why are gas prices higher today than five years ago? Many of you will blame Obama and his lack of ordering drilling in some secret field, only Fox News knows about, that would produce enough oil for us to give to our grand-kids’ kids. But the main reason is the value of the dollar. Gas is traded internationally with the dollar. As inflation rises and the dollar devalues gas prices go up. For the rich man this hits the pocket book, but does not hurt the pocket book. For the poor family, on a tight budget, this devastates the penny purse.
Another case where our government and banks put poor people in a bad position exists when laws allowing banks and investors to take advantage of people. Currently, people who may owe as little as $400 on back taxes are losing their homes because, “Outdated state laws allow big banks and other investors to reap windfall profits by buying the houses for a pittance and reselling them, the National Consumer Law Center said.”
Our money policies and continuous inflation are evil. They are wicked as defined by Scripture.
America is not Israel. God doesn’t view America as the chosen nation. If America changes (i.e. repents) it does not restore us as God’s nation. The Bible is not specifically written to America. The sections quoted below address Israel. However, we learn from the following texts how to better define righteousness and unrighteousness. God analyzes His nation and their treatment of the poor indicts them!
Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor and exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine. 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.” (Amos 5:11-12)
God indicts Israel for imposing heavy rent on the poor. He defines them as those who turn aside the poor in the gate! Their treatment of the poor was not isolated enough to consider a mistake. Rather their treatment of the poor defined them as unrighteous and left them in the path of God’s judgment.
Amos addresses Israel, “Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end.” (Amos 8:4). Again he defines them as those who trample on the needy and bring the poor. How did Israel trample the poor? They took advantage of them, “deal deceitfully with false balances, that we (Israel) may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals.” (Amos 8:5-6).
Poor people were not given a fair trade for their products. False balances were used to determine their wages. Israel handled money in such a way it devalued and therefore hurt the poor. By altering the balances, Israel was able to pay less for more product. The poor did the same amount of work, received less money. This was a tactic employed by the rich!
The Lord says, “Can I justify wicked scales and a bag of deceptive weights? For the rich men of the city are full of violence.” (Micah 6:11-12) Every indication exists to claim false balances helped the rich and hurt the poor.
“A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, He loves to oppress.” (Hos 12:7) False balances and oppression go hand in hand. They serve in the same family of sin united like husband and wife. Setting up a financial system devaluing cash hurts the poor and helps the rich. Those in power have a great responsibility to maintain and advocate fair balances. Inflating the dollar so it has no value leaves the poor at the mercy of the Lord! It is sin and unrighteous. We must demand from our government fair, righteous policies from them!
Now the answer to the question. Is inflation a worse sin than abortion? It depends on how you define and analyze “worse”? Both are sin before the Lord. Those who practice them stand condemned before the Lord. If “worse”, in this context, gets defined by what hurts more people then YES inflation is a worse sin. Abortion affects millions every year. But an abortion does not necessarily effect the neighborhood. However, inflation effects everyone! The entire neighborhood suffers due to the declining value of the dollar. America’s treatment of the dollar needs to be regulated. Printing on demand, devaluing it, though beneficial for the rich, hurts the poor!
Please read carefully 🙂 I am not saying abortion is less of a crime. I am really advocating both sins are heinous and wicked!