For the past couple of months, I have been reading up on and studying the grand themes of justice and mercy – both in the Bible, and in other Christian literature. Through my study – and the challenge of the Holy Spirit in my heart – I have felt the Lord expanding my vision for more than just our local church and community. Here is one of the books that I have read that has been helping shape my understanding of what the Bible has to say about justice and mercy.
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QUOTES FROM JESUS ON JUSTICE:
By Don Posterski
“Jesus on Justice will shake up your worldview and inspire you to move beyond simply perceiving injustice to fighting it.”
Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18).
“Socially Poor: Jesus also invades the darkness of systemic social poverty. He sees people in poverty as those who are held captive. They are oppressed. They are victims of their circumstances. In Jesus’ vision for life on earth, people living in social poverty need eyes to see beyond the barriers that constrain them.”
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
“The Great Requirement is framed as one command with three parts. Walking humbly with God while expressing kindness and pursuing justice are considered to be inseparable… Walk humble: position yourself wisely with God. Express kindness and mercy: behave compassionately toward others. Pursue justice: advocate boldly in society.”
“Limited consideration (in the church) has been given to a focus on Jesus’ life on earth as an expression of advocacy for the poor and socially marginalized. How often have we seen Jesus rejecting racism, embracing the excluded, protesting gender inequality, repositioning children, and dignifying second-class citizens?”
“But how do we participate in seeking God’s justice? What’s the Christian motivation? First of all, we recognize the value of every human being. We accept the Christian conviction that every person is created in the image of God… The second mandate is motivated by love: the practice of “loving one’s neighbour as oneself.”
“Jesus was an advocate for spiritual and social well being. This was not an afterthought, but rather the heart of His ministry.”
“(Luke 14:12-14 and Matthew 25:31-46) underscore Jesus’ mandate to share resources with those who have less. But there is more to it than just being generous. Disregard for the needs of the poor is presented as evidence of the absence of faith.”
“So make a contribution to someone or some cause, down the street, at the office, in the church, across and ocean – somewhere. Make a phone call, express a prayer, write a cheque, inform yourself on an issue, sponsor a child in another country, commit to a development project, volunteer some time where your heart urges you to respond.”
JESUS ON JUSTICE: CHAPTER TITLES:
PART ONE: INCLUDING THE EXCLUDED:
- Showing compassion toward social outsiders.
- Protesting gender inequality.
- Embracing excluded children.
PART TWO: CHALLENGING CULTURAL PRACTICES:
- Rejecting racism.
- Dignifying second class citizens.
- Risking one’s reputation.
PART THREE: CONFRONTING THE POWERFUL:
- Challenging unjust behaviour.
- Confronting the spiritually arrogant.
- Reordering political power.
PART FOUR: ADVOCATING FOR THE OPPRESSED:
- Advocating with the poor.
- Advocating with the privileged.
- Releasing the oppressed.
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