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Engaging with poor people and those at the margins of society, to act as a Christian demands an openness of mind and heart and a listening ear. It requires an attitude of reverence, respect and trust.

Too often ordinary Christians are restricted in this by hierarchical power structures.  They should really see themselves as a thorn in the side of the powerful of this world - of both Church and State.

Christians are called to challenge institutional injustices, as Jesus himself did. Too often we Christians fail to do this. For instance, the right wing of the Church is obsessed with sexuality issues, while ignoring what Jesus called the "danger of riches".

If Jesus were alive today I'm sure he would be more concerned with what went on in boardrooms than in bedrooms! He seldom if ever spoke about human sexuality, but he had a great deal to say about the injustices of the system.

He says (Mt.5:20/23) "Woe to you, teachers of the law, and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, but you have neglected the more important matters of the law - justice, mercy and faithfulness".


My thoughts exactly.

Luke has a great deal to say about hypocrites:

'Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.'
Yes. I couldn't agree more.
thank you for supporting these values
justice - mercy - faithfulness

justice means marriage equality - equal under the law with equal access to business services
equality for everyone - race - religion - gender - sexual orientation

mercy for those fleeing war - oppression - exploitation

faithfulness to ideals for us in the USA - government of the people, by the people, for the people - all the people

thank you for speaking out
This is so true! It's something the British Tory Party like to ignore and they get very uncomfortable if Jesus's comments on the rich are mentioned.