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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eco-Theology: Obadiah 15

"For the day of the Lord is near against all the nations.  As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head."

Obadiah is angry with the Edomites, Israel's kin, who turned against them, aiding and abetting the horrors of the Babylonian conquest.  (See Psalm 137:7-9 for an even more infamously graphic and angry outburst in the same context.)

In the course of this frustrated and heartbroken rant, Obadiah makes this karmic declamation.  Jesus says the same thing about reaping what we sow and dying by the sword we live by.  As does John in Revelation 13:10.

But it should give us pause, at least, if we think we have done such wonderful good around the world, to imagine all these "benefits" of empire imposed upon us.

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