Recently I have been reflecting upon what I think is relevant for humanity in the area of justice and I have come to this thought. Today there are so many social justice issues on the table that should be address; one could hardly know where to start. Rev. John Schramm and Rev. Dan Erlander give us a strong foundation to which we can build on, Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the Rev. Nyer Urness of Seattle gave the world powerful examples on how to address the needs and concerns of the poor and disenfranchised of the inner city, and then there are the social justice concerns that surround those who live with developmental or psychological disabilities; they face many barriers within faith communities and because of the domestic violence laws they are often forced underground or disenfranchised from society.
So relevancy is a good starting point. However, what is relevant for one generation is not always so for another generation. In the metropolitan urban environments this can really play itself out. So listening and encouraging discussion is often the best means to gage what is currently relevant; through this process the more pressing social concerns become known and therefore addressed for that generation. With this said, the principle ethic of Christianity is to care for those who are less fortunate, such as the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disable. This goes far beyond food for the poor, fellowship for the disenfranchised, and inclusiveness for the disable; it means to be living examples of Christ and his teachings.
As Christ is the central point in worship, the teachings of Christ are to be at the center of our lives. As the presence of Christ is the central point in the Great Thanksgiving that is offered, the presence of Christ is to be evident in our offerings to humanity. Saint Francis and Mother Teresa did not think about doing things, they simply did things. Christianity should not be a religion that favors safe harbors, but instead engaged in the good, the bad, and the ugly of life and humanity; just like Jesus of Nazareth was, even unto the giving of his life for others. As the chalice of Christ is unconditional love for humanity, we are to pour ourselves out for the sake and benefit of humankind. This is out ethical position – unconditional love for humanity and unconditional trust in God. What does LORD require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 May the peace and compassion of the Spirit of God bless you always.
Written by Dave Pflueger April 4, 2012 © copyrighted Pflueger