"The stars in their courses fought against Sisera"
I was reminded of this recently by the recent news that glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, has been declared by the World Health Organization to be a carcinogen. Once WHO is ready to say such things, they're obvious.
Now when the need of human beings to be free from cancer and other such diseases comes into conflict with the need for Monsanto to make money this quarter, our rulers - bought and paid for - heartily agree that Monsanto must be taken care of, at whatever cost. There are countless other examples, for instance the need for corporations to keep making money even if the resulting extinctions, environmental destruction, and climate change result in the collapse of the civilization that sustains these corporations and the political rulers that they own.
A small example that I run into daily is the education industry's commitment to destroying the lives of kids to save money, knowing that the eventual cost of prison or institutionalization - never mind the ruined lives - will be far higher, inflicted on the society that they look to for their own sustenance.
Shocking as all this is, it is no more than the fruit of idolatry. The worship of Mammon means to exalt it above all other gods, and certainly above concern for God and his money, the coins that bear his image and likeness, which is to say, human beings. We are seeing what it looks like when Mammon matters more than human beings, a point that Pope Francis has been making lately.
But then, since no one else will do anything about Monsanto raping the earth and destroying the earth for profit, the earth itself is doing so, just as the Bible teaches. The defiled earth is raising up glyphosate-resistant "weeds" such as Palmer amaranth to make glyphosate of no effect, as in this cotton field, beginning to compel the abandonment of this poison. Palmer amaranth - pigweed - is fighting for us.