Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression and Hope
In chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes, Koheleth once again presents us with the truth of the world that we would rather ignore: oppression. The oppressive sin Koheleth sees is nearly debilitating; caught up in his emotions, he even says that it would have been better to not have been born! What do we do in the face of oppression and injustice? Where does this injustice begin? Koheleth points us, once again, in a direction we'd like to avoid: back to ourselves. He reminds us of our envy, our striving after our own gain, which can destroy our relationships and, ultimately, lead to injustice. How do we stand in the face of oppression in the world and in the face of our inner struggles with sin? Will we be people of hope?