Because land was a family inheritance, moving a boundary line was the equivalent of stealing one’s future. The law protects people—especially those who are vulnerable—from those who would encroach on their neighbors. While moving a fence line rarely happens today, decisions about zoning, eminent domain (where the government takes private property for community benefit) or water rights can dramatically change the value of one’s property—in some cases, making it worthless. For instance, the decision of the appointed Flint, MI, Emergency Manger to switch over to water from the Flint River has further devastated the city—and homes are worthless. In Picher, OK, industrial pollution has turned the small town into a ghost town. See the story (and pictures) of Picher HERE.
Questions for Reflection:
- Given the Law about boundaries, what does that tell us about God?
- When there is a proposal to change the way land is used or would negatively impact the value of land, what side should God’s people take? Why?
PRAYER REQUEST FOR TODAY
Today, the members of the City Plan Commission are scheduled to meet at City Hall to consider the zoning changes required for the redevelopment of Lathrop Homes. Approval of the changes will pave the way for the elimination of public housing units at Lathrop Homes. If you are able, attend the meeting beginning at 10:00 am. If you are unable to attend, please pray that God will protect those who are vulnerable.