A New Sodom?

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom:
she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
Ezekiel 16:49

People love to remember Sodom as going down for some sexual sin, but an observant fifth grader and a few minutes of thought reveal that that was not it at all.  It was the problem of having plenty  and not aiding the poor and needy.

Like the wealthiest nation on the earth with children who go hungry and even discussing that anyone in that land should go without good health care and medical attention.  Much less wealthy nations than ours do that for all the people in their land.

Oh, but this must be it:  we do take care of our poor and needy–just not those without legal documentation because they don’t belong here, anyway.  Right?

Yes.  That’s what Ezekiel meant:  Sodom went down because they had plenty and didn’t take care of the poor and need with legal documentation.

No.  They had plenty.  They didn’t care for the poor and needy.  Ezekiel says nothing about papers, and nothing about political party.

Bob Patrick


Two different messages

For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall.  Isaiah 25:4

“I don’t believe health care is a right. It’s a responsibility. The Democrats and Obama feel it’s a right and the federal government has a right to be involved in your health insurance. So that’s where I come from. This whole notion that the government can run a health insurance is doomed to failure in the first place.” Former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay

We have two different messages from two different times to two different communities facing a similar problem:  what to do with the poor.  The prophet Isaiah spoke with the authority of seeing things the way they could be, where the whole community as a body acted as a stronghold to the poor, needy and those in distress, where the whole of society became safe shelter in contrast to the ruthless who were like a storm beating against a wall.  Make no mistake.  The ancient Jewish society to which he spoke had their ruthless, and the prophet was calling them to a different vision.

American leaders, like Tom DeLay, have a vision, too.  They like to propose that health care is simply each individual’s personal responsibility knowing full well that the average American cannot pay for his/her health care without the power of the collective.  He is ruthless, a storm blowing against a wall.  In his view, there is no shelter, no stronghold

You know which is the right way.

Bob Patrick