Its Time For Jubilee

As I’ve spent numerous hours of my time watching cnbc and reading about the economic collapse that is occurring around the world, I’ve also thought about what my faith has to say about all of this.

And it turns out, it has a lot to say.

I’ve been wondering if there’s a bigger reason, maybe a Spirit led one, for the rise of the post liberal, new monastic, radical christians that seem to be popping up all over the place… your Shane Claibornes, Jesus Manifesto, and others (plenty of stuff online about these groups). I think that its time for us to stand up and and speak truth to power… to proclaim that its far past time to practice Jubilee. Whether the governments would ever do it, I don’t know. But there are plenty of people out there trying to figure out ways to fix the economy, and when we look at God’s economics, we realize that our system based on debt, is not quite the most just systems in the world. Sure we have the “freedom” to buy what we want, and work where we want, but the machine at the center of our economy, the government, promotes debt debt and more debt. Maybe its time for us to end this cycle. Maybe its time for debt forgiveness. All debt.

I don’t think its ever been clearer that the empires of this world exist for one thing: power. They don’t exist to protect us, they don’t exist to help us, they exist because people want to have power over others, and they will sacrifice any one of us to keep that power going. That is not the way of God. It is the way of evil.

So maybe we should stand up and let the leaders of the world, business and government alike, that its time to end the system of oppression, of debt slavery, of ENDLESS consumption. Let’s reset the clock.
What do you think?


6 responses to “Its Time For Jubilee

  1. When giving land back to the original owners, how far back do we go? The Indians?

  2. I don’t know that we’d be able to restore property to people… following the letter of Jubilee code was not my intent. More along the lines of debt forgiveness.

  3. Some suggestions on how to do this?

  4. Justin — You might (or might not!) enjoy this new website/blog we’ve created… it discusses joyful giving and service in a very prosperous age — even with the recession.

    Merry Christmas,

  5. I like julibee-diamond verymuch

  6. I think you are correct. I see things that are encouraging and like to pass them on while remembering that our hope is not in this world.

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