Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
If you see the extortion of the poor, or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government, do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, and there are higher ones over them! Ecclesiastes 5.8
Ecclesiastes was written by Solomon. The book considers life on earth if you do not consider God. Solomon made many observations in the book that was from his own experience.
Apparently corrupt governments have been around for a very long time. Solomon told his readers not to be surprised if you see someone in government cheating or defrauding the poor. It seems to be an accepted practice of the time. It went up the chain of command!
In Luke 19.1-10, Jesus visited Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector and rich. The people, who had been following Jesus, saw that he had entered Zacchaeus’s house. They complained because he was considered to be a sinner. But, the response of Zacchaeus to Jesus’s presence was repentance. He told Jesus that he was giving half of his possessions to the poor and he would recompense anyone from whom he had stolen anything.
James had written about those who were perhaps the most unfortunate of all at the time: the orphans and widows. He gave instructions for the orphans and widows to be cared for, James 1.27. God the Father considers this to be pure and undefiled religion, as well as keeping oneself unspotted by the world.
Purity, not corruption, is what God expects of us!