Monday, January 25, 2010

The Middle Class

Well, now that our President can't give us health care reform on the "silver platter" or one simply chrome plated, that he was planning, he's going to give us tax breaks and child care credits. You know what this sounds like? I've been reading about the children of Israel in Egypt and there is a striking similarity. Scripture says the children of Israel were in Egypt for 430 years . . . to the day. They ended up being delivered from the bondage of brick making and death of their children in the great Exodus. Most folks have seen it on Easter Sunday night, in Cecil B. DeMille's "Ten Commandments." But the children of Israel didn't start out as slaves. They had the best of the best when Joseph was Pharaoh's right hand man. In Pharaoh's Egypt, if you knew Joseph, you were well connected and received great favor. The question that has occurred to me over the past several years is this. Just when did the children of Israel pass from favored folk to slaves? Did they realize when it happened or did it just gradually erode? What changed and how did they miss living in the material abundance to a death sentence over their unborn, making bricks, and building pyramids? The next question I have, is when did it happen here in America, because it has. Did anyone see the precise moment we moved from a materialistic "riding high" middle class to slaves; just happy to have a job and making enough money for our health insurance and day care?
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage . . . all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. Torah of Holy Scripture
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