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November 20th: Profiteering and exploitation

Christian business people cannot and must not make it more difficult for the already vulnerable poor.

Luke 19: 45 – 48.

Jesus made a stinging accusation against those who turned the Temple into a robbers’ den. We cannot miss the point of his action. Jesus took issue with their business practice.

Those who were selling conducted their trade in such a way that they made it more difficult for the poor. Jesus did not object to their selling. Everyone is entitled to conduct legitimate business. He objected to their profiteering. Any form of profiteering inevitably disadvantages the poor most of all.

The Temple was, above all, a place of refuge, a sanctuary especially for the poor. If that were taken away from them, they would die.

Business practices, Christian business people more so, must consider the plight of the poor. They cannot conduct business in such a way that the poor cannot access their goods.

Christian business people cannot and must not make it more difficult for the already vulnerable poor. Theirs is a responsible to provide a haven for all, especially the poor.

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