Did you know that Pope Francis announced a special Jubilee on the theme of mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016? I didn’t. Probably because I’m not Catholic. (Truth be told, I’m not even Christian.)
Do you even know what a Jubilee is? Again, I didn’t. But it’s actually kind of a big deal. It’s discussed in the bible, in Leviticus 25:8-13. Historically, it’s a special year of remissions of sins, and a time when debts would be forgiven and people would be freed from slavery and prisons. It’s also a time when the land is to revert back to its original owners. (Watch out, major corporations!) It’s supposed to happen every 50 years.
I could sure use a jubilee. No doubt most of us could.
It never fails to amuse me when fundamentalists cherry pick the Bible. If all of it is incontrovertible truth, then I expect every one of you to write off all debts and give up your property to the peasants. Right now. That’s an order from on high.