I have been reading a few different things over the past few weeks that have really challenged me. This morning I was reading N.T. Wright's brilliant! book Surprised by Hope. I was reading the section that paints a picture of what salvation, justice, and beauty really look like if we take seriously Jesus' resurrection and the Kingdom of God (leading to God's recreation of His creation).
I got to thinking about ministry to the poor, the broken, and the hurting, and what this hope calls us to as God's Church.
I realized...no one was ever crucified for serving and helping the poor. Governments and businesses have no problem with people bandaging the wounded. People get crucified for trying to heal the system causing the wounds in the first place.
Seeking God's justice for our world means we speak out about the injustices of the systems and conditions that creates the poverty and brokenness. Yes, sometimes people are in the situations they are in because of their own stupid decisions (I am in no way relinquishing personal responsibility)... but that is where God's justice proclaimed on the situation and His grace given to the person brings restoration and recreation of that person to live a Kingdom life.
Maybe we need to not only bandage the wounds, but seek to cure the cancerous cause...what do you think?