Monday, May 9, 2011

Seek Justice

…it was because the orientation of Israel’s writers was practical rather than theoretical that the quartet of the vulnerable low ones looms so large in their writings. What they say about justice and injustice occurs within the context of an imperative they had heard from Yahweh and that they now announced to their fellows: seek justice, undo the bonds of injustice. Israel’s religion was a religion of salvation, not of contemplation – that is what accounts for the mantra of the widows, the orphans, the aliens, and the poor. Not a religion of salvation from this earthly existence but a religion of salvation from injustice in this earthly existence. – Nicholas Wolterstorff

Justice in this life and knowledge of God are intimately related. Doing a degree in theology without the daily practice of justice is a pointless -- even nonsensical -- exercise.

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