Gospel Concerns

The gospel presents us with
profound social, economic and political challenges.
Issues of global poverty and hunger,
corporate corruption, ecological destruction,
and national policies of war and nuclear arms
are gospel concerns.
No matter who we are or where we live,
the gospel demands a response from
those of us who are Christians,
which can be boiled down to
three simple and clear things
that we, as the body of Christ,
cannot tolerate in our private and public lives:
hunger, cheating and violence.

Moreover, we are compelled
to treat all with
dignity and equality,
constantly on alert to extend
mercy and compassion
to all who are hurting.

And these gospel values
can be found in the core beliefs
of all faiths.
Mercy, compassion and love
are human values,
and it is those virtues
that can unite us as a human family,
and help us see and know
that the poor of Haiti
and countless other developing nations
are our brothers and sisters,
and we must stand with them
in fraternity and solidarity.
And we can begin to do this by
taking at least baby steps toward
defying political polarization,
consumerism and militarism
and putting our full trust in
God’s abundance, mercy and love.

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