THE CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Bible elucidates us that God is the creator of all things. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Yes, the seen and the unseen things in the universe. The Gospel through the scriptures affirms that God is present and active in every domain of His creation. This aligns in distinguishing God from His creation but He is never far from it as it is specified in Psalm 139:7-8 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. The proven ubiquity of God leads one to reflect on some human calamities caused by catastrophes, totalitarian dictators or corrupted governments. The unbelievers and sceptics find here a pavement in justifying their aberrations: “If there is a God why is there so much injustice in the world?” Herein, we would like to chip in not as an academic essay, but through a devotional Biblical reflection. Already in the army’s idea and doctrine recited by the members, it is noted: “We believe that there is only one God who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things and who is the only proper object of religious worship”. If the army of the Prince of the City recognizes the existence of a more powerful than the Prince himself, it comes out that God continues to have power and domination over His created world. That nothing happens in the world, be that good or evil that falls outside the realm of God’s reign. It is noteworthy to mention that fundamentally, the social injustice is the result of sin settling down in the mind of powerful (political/financial) humans, leading the institutions or companies or raising the ego of some of ordinary humans. They become as Paul said in the letter to Romans (1:31): “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless”. This attitude raises questions among Christians over the future. All these questions find their answer in the letter of Paul to the Colossians (1:17) “He is before all things and in him all things hold together”. The corollary of the letter of Paul underlines that The Creator, God, is actively involved in the affairs of the world in spite of all the injustices. Through the Son, God is the preserver and governor of all things. Life goes on. Generations come and go because God is still on the throne. God may not be on the throne of every individual’s life, but on biblical reflection, He is truly on the throne of His creation, the throne for judgement. The book of psalm (9:7-8) reveals that: The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; He will govern the peoples with justice”. God is in control and never forsaken His You can find dozens of celebrities with the Sun in capricorn horoscope today Ascendant in Gemini combination on Astrotheme, listed in popularity order and based on our visitors’ clicks. people, He never closed the eyes over the injustices undergo by His Creation. Already, since Old Testament, He has been involved in

the affairs of Humankind dealing with social justice. Is it not Him who sent Moses into Egypt? In the book of Exodus, it is written (3:7-8): “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey”. If Moses worked in the direction of bringing justice to one group of people, the Israelites, in the expense of another group, the Egyptians, today’s world is more complicated as it does not involve only two groups (Israelites and Egyptians), neither one kind of injustice (slavery). Different nature of abuses affecting in the same way Human lives are experienced in political, economic, technical and military domains need to be overcome by the Christians for the Humankind in general as Moses did. Moses was already a great social justice allied and so Christians most be. When a chicken pecks a stone, it lifts up the head in the expectation that the stone won’t get stuck in its throat: at this time the chicken has put God in control of its fate. The Christian must be the corner stone of social justice, as a chicken and even more than that, he has God with him as a protector and a vector: Deuteronomy (32:4) “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Compiled by Samuel Nlend for J & P meeting of April, 2014 at Maryvale parish

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