Social Justice Injustice
COMMENTARY

Political Commentary written by Eilif Osten Aune



And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Speak up and judge fairly;
Defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:9

Dear Lord, Purify Our Intentions
and Deepen Our Commitment.




Mr. Magoo's “A Christmas Carol”

Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is a sad commentary
of the injustices, which still continue to this day;
Oppression of the poor, the hungry, and the sick, the homeless,
children, the elderly, the unemployed and underemployed,
intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination!




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"No one is useless in this world
who lightens the burdens of others."
Charles Dickens

Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is a sad commentary of the injustices, which still continue to this day; Oppression of the poor, the hungry, and the sick, the homeless, children, the elderly, the unemployed and underemployed, intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination!



Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” written in 1843 is a poignant story and commentary of the injustices in the world today (as well as in Dickens’ day).



Dickens wrote in the wake of British government changes to the welfare system known as the Poor Laws, changes which required among other things, welfare applicants to "work" on treadmills. Dickens asks, in effect, for people to recognise the plight of those whom the Industrial Revolution has displaced and driven into poverty, and the obligation of society to provide for them humanely. Failure to do so, the writer implies through the personification of Ignorance and Want as ghastly children, will result in an unnamed "Doom" for those who, like Scrooge, believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgement of the poor rather than to assist them.
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A Place at the Table
For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
And God will delight when we are creators of
Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.
Yes God will delight delight when we are creators of
Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.







Lessons from Mister Magoo's
"A Chritmas Carol."

Recently I watched Mister Magoo’s “A Christmas Carol.” It had been years since I had seen this 1962 cartoon classic staring Jim Backus as Mr. Magoo playing Scrooge. There are credits and a comedy introduction with bumbling Magoo but when the story begins it is captivating. Not the animation or the special effects but the story! The sad state of man’s affairs in the world; a world where the wealthy are blind to the needs of the poor. Not only are the wealthy oblivious to the needs of others but they also pride themselves in being self-righteous, judgmental, and condemning!

…like Scrooge, (the Rich & Powerful) believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgement of the poor rather than to assist them.
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"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
~John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)




Scrooge the greedy miser sings about his wealth;
his gold coins “…coins when they mingle… make such a lovely sound”
while Bob Cratchett, his longtime clerk shivers in the cold singing,
“…cold, it’s frightfully cold”.



*Ebeneezer Scrooge sings Ringle, Ringle
“…coins when they mingle… make such a lovely sound.”




For me Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is parallel to our times now! The same injustices are still being perpetrated on the poor and on the middle class by the RICH --- those with power, wealth, political connections, and influence, (corporate lobbyist, special interest).

For me this is much like in our times: The miser Scrooge of unpaid
Tax-Breaks for the top 2% of the wealthiest people in America which add to the deficit, counting their money and the middle class and the poor out in the cold, asking for just a measly chunk of coal for the necessities of warmth, shelter, food, and Healthcare!




Here is a YouTube clip of Mister Magoo’s A Christmas Carol Part 1:

You may want to forward the video clip to:
3:35 The Opening
4:00 Scrooge is counting his gold coins.
4:25 Two charitable solicitors Brady and James (Voice of Morey Amsterdam) ask Scrooge for a charitable donation.
5:28 Scrooges Curse on the Poor
5:40 Bob Cratchett freezing in the cold.
6:10 Scrooge sings as he counts his money.
6:58 Bob Cratchett tries to get more coal for warmth.
7:10 Scrooge threatens Cratchett.
7:35 *Ebeneezer Scrooge sings Ringle, Ringle “…coins when they mingle… make such a lovely sound.” as Bob Cratchett sings “…cold, it’s frightfully cold”.
8:50 Scrooge shows no compassion for the poor.
9:45 Scrooge curses Christmas.
9:57 Scrooge Bah-Humbug!



Scrooge Curses Christmas

Charles Dickens Text


Scrooge: "What else can I be," returned the uncle, "when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas!
What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

Nephew’s reply: "There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say," returned the nephew. "Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"



The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk's fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn't replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of a strong imagination, he failed.



"At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."

"Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge.

"Plenty of prisons," said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

"And the Union workhouses?" demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"

"They are. Still," returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they were not."

"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?" said Scrooge.

"Both very busy, sir."

"Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course," said Scrooge. "I'm very glad to hear it."

"Under the impression that they scarcely furnish Christian cheer of mind or body to the multitude," returned the gentleman, "a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?" "Nothing!" Scrooge replied. "You wish to be anonymous?"

"I wish to be left alone," said Scrooge. "Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don't make merry myself at Christmas and I can't afford to make idle people merry.

I help to support the establishments I have mentioned -- they cost enough; and those who are badly off must go there."

"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."

"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population. Besides -- excuse me -- I don't know that."

"But you might know it," observed the gentleman.

"It's not my business," Scrooge returned. "It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's. Mine occupies me constantly. Good afternoon, gentlemen!"



Golden Idols


Winter was Warm 3:16 Golden Idols
Scrooge turns to the dark side, turns his back on love
and embraces greed!




The saddest cartoon song ever
All Alone in the World




For a very nice read here is the full text of
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."




Warning to Rich Oppressors

5 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.

4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
- James 5:1-6



...like Scrooge, believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgement of the poor rather than to assist them.



Now the “Rich” steal from the “Poor” and are proud of it,
no compassion, no benevolence, no heart,
or a heart three times too small!

"...they were not ashamed of their sin,
and they were even at the point
where they were calling evil good and good evil."

Isaiah 5:20 Adapted






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My political views are controlled, directed, and inspired by my faith in God.

1. That we Love God and we Love our Neighbor! That God does not have favorites, that God loves ALL of His Creation and that God loves ALL people! This is Jesus’ Greatest Commandment:The entire law is summed up in a single command:

"...Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14


To love God is to love our neighbors,
and to work to make their lives better.

To love God is to love the world God created,
and to work to perfect it.

To love God is to love dreams of peace that illuminate us all,
and to bring that vision to life.

To love God is to gather ALL neighbors
into the joy of a faithful community.



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2. I also believe that we are to help the poor, care for the sick, feed the hungry…. I believe that it is our moral duty and our American duty to care for the weakest, most vulnerable, most disadvantaged people in our society!

3. I do NOT believe that these Christian attributes are socialism, communism, and nazism! Angry, intolerant people worship an angry, intolerant god.

The true Nature of God is found in Jesus Christ. God is a God of LOVE, forgiveness, grace; a God of Peace and of harmony. God is NOT a god of bigotry, intolerance, injustice, persecution, and prejudice! God loves all people of His creation.

Question: Which God are you worshiping?

Bible Basics… Layers of Understanding “The Greatest Commandment.”



I have been very vocal as of late fighting against the Republican HATE
far-far right out of control Tea Party! But after Glenn Beck gave his reprehensible attacks on the Christian Church I am now speaking up against HATE, lies, injustice, bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance.

GLENN BECK URGED LISTENERS TO LEAVE CHURCHES THAT PREACH SOCIAL JUSTICE – Quote: “I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can! Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave church? YES!” – Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck urges people to leave church YouTube Video


Beck, said the word “social justice” is code for communism and Nazism. Glenn Beck’s March on Washington was a desecration of Martin Luther King Day and a desecration to Christians. The entire Bible is about loving one another, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, helping the sick, the weak…. I am now speaking out!!! I am going to fight HATE, injustice, intolerance, prejudice, religious persecution, and lies! Glenn Beck is the divisive catalyst. As Christians, as Americans we need to speak up!
If not now? When?




“Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

Matthew 7:15 NIV


...They claim to know God,
but their actions, they deny them.

Titus 1:16 NIV

False Prophets

Anyone who maligns and distorts the Word of God is a false prophet!




Can America be so arrogant, selfish, full of greed, self-centered, intolerant, judgmental, and full of pride that we think we are impervious to the Will of God? Do we actually think that God is not watching, or that God doesn't care, or do we think that helping others is not important; the responsibility of others? Do we feel that we can ignore the plight of the poor, the sick, the hungry? Why would we even want to? Do YOU think America is going in the right direction? What are YOU doing to help?

This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,

24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”

declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:23-24



God Can Change His Mind

Consequences and Warnings from the Book of Jeremiah

5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.

9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.


11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’ 12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”

Jeremiah 18:5-12
Full Text of Jeremiah 18: At the Potter's House



The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah

"...they were not ashamed of their sin,
and they were even at the point
where they were calling evil good and good evil."

Isaiah 5:20 Adapted

Now we call "Torture" good - and helping the poor, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick (Healthcare) bad, socialism, communism, and nazism! The "sin" of the United States at this time is its callous heart towards the poor. Now the “Rich” steal from the “Poor” and are proud of it, no compassion, no benevolence, no heart!

The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah



And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Dear Lord, Purify Our Intentions
and Deepen Our Commitment.




Isaiah 58
True Fasting
1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.

You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?

Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph
on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Footnotes:
a.Isaiah 58:8 Or your righteous One




“Whoever destroys a soul,
it is considered as if he
destroyed an entire world.
And whoever saves a life,
it is considered as if he
saved an entire world.”

Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9; Yerushalmi Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin 37a.

Save a Life, Save the World




You shall not oppress the poor or vulnerable.
God will hear their cry.

Exodus 22:20-26

A portion of the harvest is set aside for the poor and the stranger.
Leviticus 19:9-10

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Job 34:20-28

Speak out in defense of the poor.
Proverbs 31:8-9

Don’t delay giving to those in need.
Sirach 4:1-10

God is a refuge for the poor.
Isaiah 25:4-5

True worship is to work for justice
and care for the poor and oppressed.

Isaiah 58:5-7

What you do for the least among you, you do for Jesus.
Matthew 25:34-40

Jesus proclaims his mission:
to bring good news to the poor and oppressed.

Luke 4:16-21

Blessed are the poor, theirs is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:20-23

How does God’s love abide in anyone
who has the world’s good
and sees one in need and refuses to help?

1 John 3:17-18

Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:9




Injustice

Injustice is the way of the world; not the Way of Christ.

Injustice is where the strong and the powerful devour
the weak and the helpless.

Injustice is the mother of selfishness and greed.

Selfishness and greed gives birth to corrupt ambitions and power.

Corrupted ambitions and power lead to war, violence, crime and cruelty – Man’s inhuman treatment of man.

Injustice breeds poverty, the homeless, and poverty to where the most vulnerable in our society are at grave risk.

Injustice is in a rich world where children die from hunger.

Injustice is where children die from curable diseases.

Injustice is a world of haves' and of have nots’.

Injustice is when the rich get richer; and the poor....

Injustice is when children are starving for an education and social opportunities.

Injustice is when children do not receive pre-natal care, medical care, medical insurance, childcare, good schools, or enough to eat.

Injustice is when children come home from school and no one is home; both parents are working, a single parent raising their children, and grandparents raising their children’s children.

Injustice is when we do not see the value in each man, woman, and child.

Injustice is when we look at others, those different from us with distain.

Injustice is when we don’t tell other people about God’s love for them.

The laws, the courts do not often help those that are the most at risk! The child, the orphan, the widow, the single parent, the homeless, the poor, the impoverished, the hungry, the sick, the ailing, the hurting, the lonely, those in prison, those in hospital, the addicted, the mentally challenged, the weak, the lame, those who suffer from depression, family estrangements and separation, those who have loss their health, their security, their home, those who suffered the loss of someone close to them, the loss of someone they love… .

The way of the world is the way of fear.

The Way of the Lord is the Way of God’s Grace.

The Lord’s Way is the Way of Hope, and of Faith; and the Greatest of these is LOVE, these Gifts from God which are freely given to us from God, even though we did nothing to deserve, merit, or earn such Grace.

All of these are an injustice. All of these are the way of the world;
not the Way of the Lord.

The Way of the Lord, Jesus Christ is the Way; the only Way. We have a choice on which way, which road, which path, - which Way we go – Choose!






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