The Internet has been filled with commentary here of late over the surprise results in UK’s Brexit referendum, and while perspectives have been quite varied as to what it all means, the decision voters made to leave the EU does largely seem to have been a major defeat for the richest one percent. So with that in mind, I thought a fitting postscript to it all might be the words of James, the brother of Jesus.
In the years after Jesus’ death, James became the leader of the church in Jerusalem. He was known during his lifetime as “James the Just,” and he is widely believed to have been the author of the New Testament book which bears his name. Here are his words from chapter 5 of that book. They seem especially apropos at this time:
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 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. 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. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.