Ephraim has said, ‘Ah, I am rich, I have gained wealth for myself; in all of my gain no offence has been found in me that would be sin.’
I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; I will make you live in tents again. (Hosea 12.8-9)
The yawning gap between rich and poor is nothing new – this was Hosea the herdsman prophet back in the 700 and something BC condemning the super-rich self-righteous section of his nation. Today we can see how narrow the line is separating settled luxury from refugee status and globally between settled climate and catastrophe.
“I’ve got no idea if humanity is going to get through this or not” (Sir David Attenborough of our exploitation of the planet); ‘Faith can give us the gift of hope to imagine a world where all God’s children shall live in safety, when love has no borders and no bounds’. (Christian Aid)
‘I will make you live in tents again’… There can be no security where there is gross injustice.