Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with Yahweh

[T]he Church has always been involved in the political world — it was the driving force behind the education systems of today; the health services; the abolition of slavery (though for a while it was very divided on this question); prison reform; and more besides. In some parts of the world we have become too used to leaving such questions ‘to the politicians’ as though it would dirty our hands to become involved. That is not the faith of the Bible! Indeed, there are more verses about social justice than there are about prayer! Just consider Jesus, at the start of his ministry, reading from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue at Nazareth. You might say that these words are the ‘manifesto’ of his whole ministry: ‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free’.

The Most Reverend Njongonkulu Ndungane, Archbishop of Cape Town

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~ by humblemonkey on August 7, 2009.

One Response to “Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with Yahweh”

  1. Yes! Jesus said more about justice than about prayer . . . what a calling! And true justice-seeking, I believe, is birthed from prayer and answering God’s call.

    Good stuff!

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