Social Wrongdoings and Opression Essay examples

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Above The Law Have you ever felt that no matter what you do, you can never catch a break? It seems as if the rich keep getting richer and the poor are oppressed. Social injustice has been a struggle throughout society for as long as people populated the earth. Ancient Israel faced social injustice not only from the cultures that conquered them, but they faced it from within and often from those in leadership. Unfairness takes on many forms. It is easiest to see injustices in wealth distribution, oppression, and inequities relating to religion. These injustices were seemingly magnified in the biblical times as shown through the oppression of Israel. However, in modern times, we still see these three injustices. The social …show more content…
The oracle of Amos 4:1-3 shows a three part structure. Those parts made clear are accusation, threat, and punishment. The first verse of chapter 4, Amos accuses the wealthy men of exploitation of the poor. Amos refers to the wives of wealthy men as “cows of Bashan” (Amos 4:1) because the wives aided their husbands in the exploitation of the poor. “Those women, like their lords from whom they make incessant demands, would have the needy poor crushed to acquire wealth and make themselves chic and sleek” (Nwaoru 2-3). The nobility forced the peasants to make tithes to the nobility as well as to the temple. The nobility made it clear to the peasants that they were the divine mediators between the earthly people and their God. The peasants had no choice but to pay these tithes. If the less wealthy decided not to pay their tithes “their officers had military or strong-arm gangs to 'encourage' the peasants to pay their taxes and tithes” (Horsley 9). The peasants believed these tithes were going directly to God as required by The Law given to Moses, when in reality the nobility were pocketing the tithes to build up wealth and luxuries for themselves and their hard-to-please wives. The required tithes to be paid became so burdensome that the less wealthy had to borrow from their more fortunate neighbors. After the people had run out resources, the less fortunate were forced

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