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Biblical Interpretation of the Supreme Court Decision on Corporations

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“There were giants in the earth in those days” (Genesis 6:4).

The giants, the Nephilim in Hebrew, were hero warriors of renown. You may have read the great novel Giants in the Earth by Edvart Rolvaag or heard the modern superstition that some planet would near the earth and from it the Nephilim would invade us – part of the 2012 mania. But there is another interpretation – perhaps close to Walter Wink and his interpretation of the powers and principalities.

A person can be a physical giant, but more importantly, a chieftain of a tribe or a king of a whole city-state. Now in some cases, like Gilgamesh or Nimrod, the mighty hunter before the Lord, they are giant strongmen, who also lead their collective, all of whom belong to them and live in their name.

So there is Jesus Christ, the God-Man from Nazareth; but there is also Christ Jesus, all who belong in his body.

Now corporations are covenanted under a name and can be considered modern day giants that bestride the earth. Think of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. “Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graces” (Act 1.2.135).

Our democracy through our supreme court has bid us place our votes in the voting booth, between the legs of the giant corporations, who can easily hold us away at their great arms-length.

Still, as Martin Luther of old has us sing in “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” one little word can fell them. “The bigger they are the harder they fall.” So let them take counsel even with the powers of the earth: “God who sits in the heavens laughs and holds them in derision” (Psalm 2), because one little word can fell them: “You are my Son, this day I have begotten you!” (Psalm 2: 7). The Word is Jesus Christ, the Lord!

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Written by peterkrey

January 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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