Christians have long recognized in Scripture a call to defend and uphold the dignity and well being of all persons, especially the poor and powerless. Participating in movements seeking justice, positive reform, and empowerment is one of the most Christ-like things we can do.
Jesus wasn’t preaching a universal salvation message for the world, but he was addressing specific political, social, and racial issues. He was helping those who were being abused, violated, and oppressed. Involving ourselves within these issues — serving those who need justice — is an example of following Jesus.
We at St Hilda’s take the words of Oscar Romero to heart. Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something. “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.”
In the Bible, peace and justice are never separated. Peace is never simply the absence of war, it is the active presence of justice. It has to do with human fulfilment, with liberation, with wholeness, with a meaningful life and well-being, not only for the individual, but for the community as a whole. The prophets speak of peace as the offspring of justice.
Social and environmental justice and advocacy is also a key part of how we “engage faithfully with the world” as expressed in our Diocesan Mission statement.