Doing Three Things

Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God asks three things of us: To walk humbly with God, to love kindness, and to do justice. To love kindness is more than just being nice. It means to enter into relationships of solidarity with the entire human community by being patient with and attentive to all whom we encounter. To do justice is more than being fair. It means we cannot tolerate injustice, and must intervene when the powerful abuse the powerless; it requires us to change systems of institutionalized injustice that imprison people in chains of poverty and hunger. We need to be willing to lay down our own lives for the sake of those whose lives have been stolen from them.

Institutionalized injustice can be found everywhere, in every nation. Cité Soleil in Port-au-Prince is no different from Skid Row in Los Angeles. Both are disgraceful abominations in the eyes of God, and God demands we dismantle those prisons and set the captives free. Sadly, we avert our eyes and pretend Cité Soleil and Skid Row are not there. But they are there, and people are suffering. May God have mercy on them…and on us.

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1 Response to “Doing Three Things”


  1. 1 Marlene January 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Amen. Lord, help us!


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