Resurrection in El Salvador:
Jubilee Year: Justice or Slaughter?
There's a pattern in El Salvador history. Jubilee massacres...every 50 years. In the 1830s an insurrection and its charismatic leader were put down. In 1881, peasants suffered a big and bloody land grab. In 1932, after the great global depression and Communist influence complicated the mix, 30,000 were massacred following an insurrection. After 1932, when a white person looked at an Indian his head would drop. Indigenous culture was outlawed, the left wing was decimated and a military dictatorship was established. In the 1980s again, because the people had been repressed so cruelly, a 12 year civil war followed.
In the Bible, God calls for a Jubilee Year. He figures that, with the greedy nature of mankind, it takes about fifty years for injustice to build to a point that drives a society to violence. Therefore, the Bible says that every 50 years, the land is to be redistributed and debts are to be forgiven. Christians — the kind so outspoken about the "sanctity of life" — manage to ignore this bit. And rich Christians who do notice can't imagine God was serious.