In my reading this morning, I noticed a striking contrast between the beginning of the tenth chapter of Isaiah and the first few verses of the eleventh.
“Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!” (Is. 10:1-2).
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots . . . But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth” (Is. 11:1,4).
The contrast is between those who prescribe grievousness, robbing the poor, and the one who will judge the poor in righteousness.
Of course, the first thing I thought of was the endless stream of regulations and laws pouring out of Washington, all done in the name of prescribing solutions for the disadvantaged among us. But each written regulation is nothing but a prescription of grief.
In contrast, the Messiah will not be like this. He will judge on behalf of the poor, lift them out of their troubles, and will rejoice that they have been delivered — He will not chide them for now being “middle class.”
One of the dumbest things that conservatives have done (and, I think, one of the most culpable) is that they have allowed leftists to preen themselves as though they were champions of the poor. But they loathe the poor, they despise them. Of course, you can’t stop liberals from preening themselves — their worldview consists entirely of self-congratulation — but they ought not to have been able to do it unchallenged. Every prescription of grief ought to be read aloud, and carefully explained, and this should be done by free market economists who care about the widow. Nobody else apparently cares.