Well, I am sure all of you have heard this by now but if you haven’t, let me be the first to inform you. Paris Hilton spent just under 3 days of her 23 day sentence before getting out due to health concerns. You would think she would be on her way to the hospital if she was so sick to get out of jail. But no. They sent her home!
Her representatives say she has learned a lot from this lesson. I am sure she has. She has probably learned that jail may be scarey but if you are wealthy and famous you can pretty much do whatever you want with little or no consequence. Paris is not the only one who has learned something from this. Children and impressionable children have also learned a lesson from all of this. A message has been sent that what is right and wrong depend on who you are. A message has been sent that if you are sorry you are caught then there shouldn’t be any other consequences to face.
This is not a new problem. The prophets warned Israel over and over again about abuses and injustices of the rich and powerful.
1 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!
2 Go to Calneh and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,
and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
3 You put off the evil day
and bring near a reign of terror.
4 You lie on beds inlaid with ivory
and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.
5 You strum away on your harps like David
and improvise on musical instruments.
6 You drink wine by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
7 Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
your feasting and lounging will end.
– Amos 6:1-7