In church today (yes, we went. It was a good day) the pastor preached on this passage. I was going to write about my (oh-so-deep) thoughts on it, but I thought it would just be better to post it as is.

The pastor talked a lot about fasting – the literal interpretation of this. But I guess I found my mind wander to the parts that I highlighted below. I thought a lot about how this affects our politics, and what it means to let our votes demonstrate our spiritual beliefs. And, in fact, the pastor did briefly address poverty as a political concern at the end of his sermon (he referenced coming weeks, so I assume it will come up again.)

What do you all think?

P.S.  I do realize that this is probably extremely foreign to 95% of those who read this blog.  It is a predecessor of something that I am going to write eventually.  Regardless of personal beliefs, I think it is interesting to consider.

Zachariah, chapter 7:

1 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat the LORD 3 by asking the priests of the house of the LORD Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”

4 Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves? 7 Are these not the words the LORD proclaimed through the earlier prophets when Jerusalem and its surrounding towns were at rest and prosperous, and the Negev and the western foothills were settled?’ ”

8 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’

11But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. 12 They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.

13 ” ‘When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the LORD Almighty. 14 ‘I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, where they were strangers. The land was left so desolate behind them that no one could come or go. This is how they made the pleasant land desolate.’ “