the old and new covenants I don't profess to understand, but if Christians (of which I'm one) were to go by the OT, we shouldn't have been involved with USURY to begin with. Of the three religions tracing back to Abraham, by and large Muslims are the only ones who've taken God seriously about that. (I'd think that alone would make them a threat to a globalized system of enslavement through debt.)
You inspired me to check the wording re the jubilee. (Lev. 25) Also part of that covenant was that we KEEP THE SABBATH, including w/our LAND. "But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard." As to the 50th, jubilee year (with an extra year for the land to rest): "And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family..." Assuming Christians would go by the OT, I agree: these would not be something to demand, but to DO.
As to the poem, imo Christians don't generally operate according to the OT and what God commanded through Moses (re usury or restoring the land), nor the NT and what Jesus commanded (re love), which with different motivation would have the same effect.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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