We live in a violent world. We fear flying in planes because they might be hijacked. We fear stree and gang violence. We fear all kinds of things.
Luckily we don't have to fear this:swissinfo - Gunfights as Congo heads for presidential run-off
This morning, during a Bible study at the church, I was asked, "Where is God's provision for those people in Africa?" I remember the lament of Psalm 40 (which is the influence for U2's song "40"), "How long, oh Lord!" I think this is a continual reminder that we must be the Church and we are God's hands to bring the Kingdom...to bring justice.
A few months ago, I went to a conference where Brian McLaren was speaking. He said something I found very helpful. "Mercy is standing at the top of the Niagara Falls pulling people out of the water before they plunge to their death. Justice is going up river to stop whoever is pushing people into the water."
The Church should be involved in acts of mercy and acts of justice!