What is ‘Biblical Politics’?

We urge every one to read this article about injustice towards the poor. This describes so well why we have to work to change our institutions, why we care about politics as Christians. “When those who are in charge mistreat the poor and vulnerable, say the scriptures, it is not just unkind but also wrong and unjust, and it makes God angry.”

Jim Wallis of Sojourners: Sojourners has always tried to understand and advocate for “biblical politics.” But what does that mean now, especially as we approach another major election?

I was talking the other day to a Christian leader who has given his life to working with the poor. His approach is very grassroots — he lives in a poor, virtually all-minority community and provides basic services for low-income people. He said, “If you work with and for the poor, you inevitably run intoinjustice.” In other words, poverty isn’t caused by accident. There are unjust systems and structures that create and perpetuate poverty and human suffering. And service alone is never enough; working to change both the attitudes and institutional arrangements that cause poverty is required.

Read the full article: http://blog.sojo.net/2011/09/15/what-is-biblical-politics/

2012-08-24T02:19:31+00:00

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