A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, January 09, 2006

Eminent Domain Abuse

I am appalled by what is happening in this country in reference to the abuse of eminent domain. Traditionally eminent domain has been implemented for the common good in reference to paving new roads, etc., but of late municipalities have used it as justification for taking people's homes in order to build malls, shopping centers, and upper-class housing developments in order to increase the tax base. Not only are houses of cheaper value being hijacked, but middle-class homes as well. It is reported that my state of Ohio is the worst offender in reference to eminent domain abuse.

If the Old Testament prophet Amos were here today what would he have to say? Listen to God's words through him: For the three transgressions of Israel and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals--they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way (Amos 2:6-7).

It is inconceivable to me that people can be pushed out of their homes for the selfish greed of others. I do not care that they are offered the fair market value for their property; people are being pushed off their land for the selfish desires of local government. This is something that every Christian should oppose. The prophet Micah states, He has told you, O mortal what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

There are too many city and town councils who have long forgotten to do justice and walk humbly with God. But this is the only way to rule in righteousness. How else can people make decisions in accordance with God's will?

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