The Prophetic Tradition Of Social Justice– by Derek Morphew

Derek Morphew

It is sometimes said that Israel has two kinds of prophets, charismatic early prophets, like Elijah and Elisha, followed by the later literary prophets like Amos, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel and that it is these later prophets that developed the tradition of social justice. This is a mistaken opposition of ideas. All the prophets called Israel back to the covenant, even if they operated in different ways and some wrote while others did not. The context may have evolved from generation to generation but the fundamentals were the same. Israel was Yahweh’s covenant people. This covenant was established as a result of the in-breaking rule of God through the exodus and conquest and resulted in a defined relationship of laws and statutes. The relationship was vertical and horizontal: with Yahweh in sacrifice and temple worship; and between the families and tribes in community. The prophets never divided their message between “spiritual” things like false worship versus true worship and “social” things like the lot of the poor and abusive wealth. If Israel was in a bad state it was always because these things worked together. The king who led Israel to worship foreign gods was the same king who abused his powers.

from Derek Morphew, The Kingdom Healing: the dualism of personal and social ethics

 

‘Love, in the Christian sense’ C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis‘Charity’ now means simply what used to be called ‘alms’—that is, giving to the poor. Originally it had a much wider meaning. (You can see how it got the modern sense. If a man has ‘charity’, giving to the poor is one of the most obvious things he does, and so people came to talk as if that were the whole of charity. In the same way, ‘rhyme’ is the most obvious thing about poetry, and so people come to mean by ‘poetry’ simply rhyme and nothing more.) Charity means ‘Love, in the Christian sense’. But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.

Lewis, C. S. (2009-05-28). Mere Christianity (p. 129). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right

Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love. It also threatens to generate a revulsion against God and religion by identifying them with militarism, ecological irresponsibility, fundamentalist antagonism to science and rational thought,
and insensitivity to the needs of the poor and the powerless.

Lerner, Michael (2006). The Left Hand of God. Harper Collins. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-06084247-5.

“No one has yet believed in God and the Kingdom of God…and not been homesick from that hour”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945

“No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God. No one has yet heard about the realm of the resurrected, and not been homesick from that hour,
waiting and looking forward joyfully to being released from bodily existence. . . . Death is hell and night and cold, if it is not transformed by our faith.
But that is just what is so marvelous, that we can transform death.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer