Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on instruments of music; who drink wine from bowls, and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile, and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.
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"They will get what is coming to them." That is the mantra of the human cry through the centuries. We want to know that those who enjoy a luxurious life without taking into consideration the needs and the condition of those around them will be held accountable. The reference to "beds of ivory" made me cringe because today the demand for ivory has led to the slaughter of elephants in alarming numbers. Catching poachers is not easy or cost effective. The only solution is for the planet to agree to demand less ivory for the sake of letting the elephants live. That supply and demand flow of economics could easily be applied to other injustices. In the end, we have God's promise that justice will prevail. Until then, we may step closer to our own best humanity when we consider the impact our way of life has on those around us. We can demand less ivory and supply more elephants with their lives. We can demand less luxuries and supply more love to neighbors in need.
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Holy God, protect the elephants today and while you are at it, save us from ourselves. Amen.