The Biblical Case for Reparations

The Biblical Case for
Reparations
Deuteronomy 16:19-20 NASB
19 “You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
20 “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you. ADOS is concerned about:
1. Identification Blackness is not defined by melanin but lineage.  Some Blacks came to America while some were brought to America.
2. Reparations
3. Concentration
Genesis 12:1-3 GNV – 1 The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home,
and go to a land that I am going to show you. 2 I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those
who bless you, But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations.”
The Republicans deplore us.
The Democrats ignore us.
Hebrew Words
1. Mishpat – fair and just distribution of resources so that all in the community have access to goods and services to live in dignity
2. Tsedaqah – making things right for those who have been wronged “True repentance is indeed manifested and
evidenced by confession of sin before God and by reparations for wrongs done to men.”
A. H. Strong
Conservative Baptist Theologian
Luke 19:8-9 GNV – 8 Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the
poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come
to this house today, for this man, also, is a descendant of Abraham.
• Generosity
• Reparation
2 Samuel 12:1-7 GNV – 1 The Lord sent the prophet Nathan to David. Nathan went to him and said, “There were two men who lived in the same town; one was rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had many cattle and sheep,
3 while the poor man had only one lamb, which he had bought. He took care of it, and it grew up in his home with
his children. He would feed it some of his own food, let it drink from his cup, and hold it in his lap. The lamb was like a daughter to him. 4 One day a visitor arrived at the rich man’s home. The rich man didn’t want to kill one of his own animals to fix a meal for him; instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared a meal for his guest.” 5 David became very angry at the rich man and said, “I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this ought to die! 6 For having done such a cruel thing, he must pay back four times as much as he took.” 7 “You are that man,” Nathan said to David. “And this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I made you king of Israel and rescued you from Saul. In the Bible, liberation from slavery always came with reparation.
Genesis 15:13-14 GNV – 13 The Lord said to him, “Your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land; they will
be slaves there and will be treated cruelly for four hundred years. 14 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and when they leave that foreign land, they will take great wealth with them.
Exodus 3:19-22 GNV – 19 I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is forced to do so. 20 But I will use my power and will punish Egypt by doing terrifying things there. After that he will let you go. 21 “I will make
the Egyptians respect you so that when my people leave, they will not go empty-handed. 22 Every Israelite woman will go to her Egyptian neighbors and to any Egyptian woman living in her house and will ask for clothing and for gold and silver jewelry. The Israelites will put these things on their sons and daughters and carry away the wealth of the Egyptians.”
Exodus 11:1-3 GNV – 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will send only one more punishment on the king of Egypt and his people. After that he will let you leave. In fact, he will drive all of you out of here. 2 Now speak to the people of Israel and tell all of them to ask their neighbors for gold and silver jewelry.” 3 The Lord made the Egyptians respect the Israelites. Indeed, the officials and all the people considered Moses to be a very great man.
Exodus 12:29-36 GNV – 29 At midnight the Lord killed all the first-born sons in Egypt, from the king’s son, who was heir to the throne, to the son of the prisoner in the dungeon; all the first-born of the animals were also killed. 30 That night, the king, his officials, and all the other Egyptians were awakened. There was loud crying throughout Egypt, because there was not one home in which there was not a dead son. 31 That same night the king sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “Get out, you and your Israelites! Leave my country; go and worship the Lord, as you asked. 32 Take your sheep, goats, and cattle, and leave. Also pray for a blessing on me.” 33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country; they said, “We will all be dead if you don’t leave.” 34 So the people filled their baking pans with unleavened dough, wrapped them in clothing, and carried them on their shoulders. 35 The Israelites had done as Moses had said, and had asked the Egyptians for gold and silver jewelry and for clothes. 36 The Lord made the Egyptians respect the people and give them what they asked for. In this way the Israelites carried away the wealth of the Egyptians.  Blacks have received:
Jim Crow
Urban Renewal
Slavery
Terrorism
Incarceration
Community Disinvestment
Exclusion
Acknowledgement
Reparations
Closure
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