Under Pharaoh and the Egyptians, the message was: MUST MAKE BRICKS.
Under the Nazis, the message was perfected and changed to: WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE.
I will not deny there is work to be done in our world, not for a minute. But when people are oppressed (whether by murderous slave masters, addiction, or poverty), God’s message is most decidedly NOT a work program. Rather it is:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…