Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages; who says, “I will build myself a spacious house with large upper rooms,” and who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar, and painting it with vermilion (Jeremiah 22:13-14)
But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others (Luke 11:42)
Several years ago there was an orange juice commercial that started out in black-and white. It is a scene at the morning breakfast table that looks like an old episode of Father Knows Best (yes, I just dated myself), where everyone is getting ready for the day and all is well. Everyone is eating a wonderful breakfast; mom is cooking all dressed in her finest frockery. Dad is at the breakfast table conversing with his children. Everyone is smiling in this all too perfect world.