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you have plundered many nations,
the peoples who are left will plunder you.
For you have shed human blood;
you have destroyed lands and cities
and everyone in them.
Habakkuk 2:8 (read 2:6b-9)
"I do not
want illicit money in my home to poison my children." This was the
response of a friend who received a proposal made by a dishonest notary
official. A buyer did not take care of the documentation of proof of payment of
the real-estate bought from my friend, and the official suggested that he take
advantage of the omission and reclaim the property. He refused. Character is a
more precious legacy than material wealth. Losing character in order to profit
at another's expense would be detrimental to future generations. My friend
considered anything dishonestly earned to be poison.
The human being
is the greatest predator on earth. The other predators hunt only to satisfy
physical hunger, and do not kill on a "full stomach". Among other
animals (humans are animals too) there is no such thing as “rich and poor”.
Each seeks only the essentials. Humans kill and steal on a “full stomach”.
Among humans, the major predators are those who already have much, but are
never satisfied with what they have. They crave even more.
that the prophet Habakkuk depicts is a picture of "civilization”, ancient
and modern. The main thing that humanity has perfected during more than six
millennia of history is the perfection of its instruments and techniques of
predation. The hunting tools of early groups were the same as used in tribal
conflicts. There were no specific weapons for war. With the advent of
"civilization", heavier weapons began to be developed for the sole
purpose of killing other human beings. Today nations have large stocks of guns,
grenades, cannons, rockets, chemical and nuclear bombs, military aircraft,
submarines, war ships, etc. - all with the sole purpose of destroying other
humans! Humankind is a predator against itself. People (soldiers) are specifically
trained to kill other people.
drew their sustenance by direct contact with mother earth without changing the
ecological balance. Our industrialized economic system transforms the earth
into prey and grows by devastating nature and compromising future generations.
Greed has made humankind into a monstrous, self-destroying predator.
vision of all ages has seen the result of predation by greedy humans. Since the
time of Habakkuk nothing has changed except for the worse. The Habakkuks of
today do not cry "Woe be to you." but rather "Woe be to
us!" The world has become a great Babylon. The current model is leading
humanity to self-destruction. Men are predators of themselves.
Jesus offers the
alternative: Share, not accumulate. Collaborate, not compete. Be supportive,
not selfish. Exercise forgiveness, not revenge. Live justice, not do justice.
Take up the cross, not guns. Give ourselves for others, not protect ourselves
from others. Salvation comes by walking as Jesus walked. Destruction comes by
accompanying society’s blind march into violence.
2:6B-9 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
“‘Woe to him
who piles up stolen goods
himself wealthy by extortion!
must this go on?’
Will not your creditors suddenly arise?
not wake up and make you tremble?
will become their prey.
Because you have plundered many nations,
who are left will plunder you.
For you have shed human blood;
destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.