7 April 2017
COLOMBIA: The Peasant Prophets
by Jhon Henry.
Micah was a peasant farmer born in Moresheth, a quiet village located in Judah, southwest of Jerusalem; This peasant farmer prophesied against greed and cruelty that abounded in his time.
In Micahâ€™s time people were selfish and opportunistic and therefore justice was mismanaged, always seeking self-benefit over truth.
Micahâ€™s strongest words were against the corruption that permeated all areas of society, a society in which those who had power took advantage of it ignoring the call of God to act with justice. Of course in that historical context poor people were not only the result of an unequal society, but also their poverty resulting from corrupt laws and judicial processes that favored only the owners of power.
One of the options used by Micah to denounce corruption in this context is the following, which refers to the administration of power that fosters inequality:
Micah 2:1-2 â€¨1 Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morningâ€™s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. 2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.
In biblical contexts such as the one of Micahâ€™s, to be a prophet implies a vocation. The willingness to be called by God to enter into a deep relationship, where God brings to the table the great injustices to which the rich and powerful subjected the poor and humble of his time. The role of the prophet was to receive this divine inspiration and denounce in all spaces, seeking that through this denunciation a change be generated and all seek God.
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