An iniquitous system, based on exploitation and theft, specifically devised to ensure the great mass of people live in poverty/hardship while the few live like patrician senators.
It’s not about envy, it’s about Justice.Justice not just in our country but also in our Church.
And as Christians we have a duty to fight for Justice – because Justice is Love in Action.
To talk about ‘Love’ without Justice is quite simply hypocritical. We cannot fight for Justice if we refuse to accept that there is BOTH personal AND structural sin.
Individuals sin, of course. We all sin.
We are also born into families, communities, societies, civilizations that are structured entities and these too can be structures of sin that ‘normalise’ certain sin, perverting the lives of all those who live in them.
For centuries the institutional Church has concentrated on personal sin, conveniently ignoring structural sin .
Such systems were/are systems of unjust, unchristian exploitation of man by man. They run point blank counter to our Christian Faith and everyday we refuse to accept this, we refuse to play our part in working to alleviate their injustice and remove them, we play the part of the ‘Good Christian’ James reviles in his epistle when he says: ‘Which of you would consider a man to be a good Christian if he saw a fellow human being sick and ill, starving and in rags, and merely said to him, ‘Christ be with you, my friend’, and walked on? None of you.’
The Good Christian must translate his love, his words, into action, into deeds. To alleviate pain and suffering and injustice. And that means, like Jesus, our leader and our model, going up against the structures of sin in this world, the structures of sin created and maintained by the rich and powerful, the greedy and ruthless, the murdering and torturing – torturing not just the body but the mind, heart and soul of man.
If we are not fighting against this, then what are we doing? Either openly or tacitly, by what we do and above all by what we fail to do, we are supporting iniquitous systems of evil in this world.
By going along with Capitalism and its atomization of human families and societies, its commodification and reification of everything from children, to sex, to wage-slavery, poverty and exploitation of both man and nature for filthy sordid lucre, for filthy sordid ‘loads-a-money’, we too number ourselves among that system’s supporters and enablers.
We too play our part in the iniquity of social sin against ourselves and our brothers and sisters . We too play our part in continuing and enforcing an iniquitous system of global human evil that targets the totality of mankind, a system of exploitation that seeks to absorb and homogenize all cultures, languages and histories, all peoples and civilizations, in one trashy, greed-basedworld.