Governors and the Ministerium

Nehemiah hears a great outcry against the priests and officials of the Jews, who have lent at interest to their own people and then dispossessed their debtors of their ancestral lands, even taking their children into slavery:

We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

He loses no time in ordering a synod to confront the powerful and says they have to deal with the problem now. I’m reminded of the Reformation and the abuses that preceded it in the mediæval Church. There are ways for political leaders to get things done among the clergy without Cæsaropapism.

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