Power and Covetousness
All Countries, large and small,
Attract and repel one another,
Life positive and negative
Poles of a magnet.
They mindlessly seek their own
Advantage against the other,
using their natural resources of
The earth or capital or cheap labor
Without regard for the needs of all people.
Large countries are more
Notorious for this habit than small.
If they would consider their weaker
Cousins as equal partners,
With compassion and understanding,
Each country could have what it needs.
"From human nature and the heart come all kinds of coveting," Jesus warned us, "theft, murder, ruthless greed and deceit" (Mark 7:21-23). And so we see these problems in the world around us, in individuals, groups, and nations. These tendencies are the polar opposite of living the Way of Life.