“You’ve played havoc with this country. Your houses are stuffed with what you’ve stolen from the poor. What is this anyway? Stomping on my people, grinding the faces of the poor into the dirt?” Isaiah 3:14,15
According to “YahooAnswers.com, “The rich get richer because they are really good at acquiring wealth. The poor are getting poorer because the rich are taking more wealth than the system is generating. Kind of like the farmer increasing the amount of milk he is taking from the cow and watching the calf get skinnier.”
God spoke through Isaiah to tell the people to stop taking advantage of the very people they stomped on. In other words, the rich who caused the poor to become poorer–give them a job with minimum pay, but expect them to buy products and pay rent that leaves no money to enjoy life.
An old song declared, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, in between times, ain’t we got fun.” Perhaps those who suffered during the great depression learned how to have fun with what they had. My father was a young man during the depression. He told how neighbors and friends entertained each other by opening their homes for dances. The host rolled up their rugs and amateur musicians played fiddles, piano, mouth harp, and accordions, and everyone danced. I like that idea. I have tile floors throughout my house which would be great for dancing.
Lord, help us lift up the poor by being kind and generous. Amen.