A vision of the Christian life that takes Jesus seriously awakens not only compassion but also a passion for justice. Like those who stood in the Jewish prophetic tradition before him, Jesus knew that the desperation of peasant life flowed from systemic injustice. Destitution and degradation, in his world and ours, are neither natural nor inevitable but are the product of domination systems created and maintained by the rich and powerful to serve their own interests. Such structures are niether ordained by God nor mandated by scarcity.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Borg on Social Justice
Marcus Borg is my favourite Christian theologian and author (doesn't everyone have a favourite theologian?). Here's a few words from a book he co-authored with N.T. Wright called The Meaning of Jesus - Two Visions: