I had the privilege today to give a short chat in a class at Princeton Theological Seminary on the topic of justice and compassion and it’s intersection with the church. The challenge of the church and its leaders is to raise the consciousness of the larger world – including the church – to a calling and purpose towards the reconciliation and restoration of ‘Shalom.’ We have to remind people that there are suffering and injustice in our cities and larger world – because many choose not to believe. We know it’s there but we choose not to believe.
We are competing against the principalities and forces of the world – compounded by the simple issue of human depravity – that prefers and chooses the stories of gossip and entertainment rather than the ways of Mercy, Justice, and Compassion. The church struggles also with the church. We struggle with ourselves and our temptation to build up the Institution, Fame, and Programs of the church rather the elevate the Trinity and the work of the Larger Kingdom.
Amongst many things that we can do, one that is absolutely critical is to put a “Face” to the other – or, to put a “story” to the other. Read the rest of this entry »