Good news for the poor

African BoysTwenty five years ago when I was in the development phase of starting a new charity (Kingscare), the general mood among Christians was that helping people at a practical level, though fundamentally ‘a good thing’, was thought to be of secondary importance to preaching the Gospel and getting people ‘saved”. It was an ‘either/or’ thing.

The Gospel was seen as purely spiritual, and giving people ‘a ticket to heaven’ was sometimes seen as far more important than feeding the hungry or setting slaves free from people who would exploit them. But those days are ending and Christians are seeing that we need to follow the teachings of Jesus, not just see him as Saviour.

The good news of the gospel is for everyone, and for the whole person. Jesus came so that we could have life, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. We do not have to choose between a Jesus who died for our sins, and a Jesus who “went around doing good” (Acts 10:38). It is not ‘either/or’ but ‘both/and’. Pitting the spiritual against the physical and practical is a false dichotomy. [Read more...]

Justice Survey

Survey2People care deeply about issues of justice, such as sexual exploitation of children, modern slavery, education for all, corruption, unfair trade etc.

I want to write about things people really care about, so I really want to know what you think. I would appreciate you spending 60 seconds on a simple anonymous multi-choice survey.

I have re-issued this blog because I am trying to resolve an issue between Facebook and WordPress.

Thank you

George [Read more...]

How much do you care about justice

Survey2People care deeply about issues of justice, such as sexual exploitation of children, modern slavery, education for all, corruption, unfair trade etc.

I want to write about things people really care about, so I really want to know what you think. I would appreciate you spending 60 seconds on a simple anonymous multi-choice survey.

Thank you

George [Read more...]

Unthinkable

Unthinkable by Kris Hollington

I recently wrote an article of the broken law enforcement systems in many developing countries and how the poorest members of society suffer violence and are effectively outside of the law. An apology is in order.

I am about two-thirds of my way through a horrific book which outlines the problems of sexual exploitation of children in the United Kingdom and how the legal system seems to bring so few of the exploiters to justice.

UNTHINKABLE – by Kris Hollington

The shocking scandal of the UK sex traffickers

This is not a book review as such, though I have provided a Kindle link to the book. It is available to download in the UK for £1.49. I just want to highlight some of the issues raised by the book.

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Hating our enemy or loving our enemy

mlk enemy to friendI was asked recently to speak at one of a series of meetings with a general theme of “War and Peace”. This article is an expansion of my notes.

What did Jesus say about war? What did he say about patriotism? Did he encourage his followers to be pacifists? Jesus did not address these issues directly at all, but his teaching does give us some principles which can totally change our attitude to war and our attitude towards our enemies.

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Trade Justice

Fair Trade vs Free Trade

This is not a full-scale article, but a preview of what I want to write more about.

It’s only 6 minutes long but is well worth watching!

Thanks Dan for sending me this link to this YouTube video.

George

Seek Justice

keep-calm-and-seek-justiceGod loves justice, and he longs to see a world where there is justice for all. Where the rich and powerful do not exploit the poor and powerless. Where the vulnerable, widows, orphans, disabled and mentally challenged receive fair treatment from the rest of humanity.

Of course, God could force us to be just to everybody. But if God forces to act in a particular way he would have to remove our free will; our ability to choose between good and evil, our ability to act for the common good rather than seeking our own selfish aims.

God loves justice, but because we have free wills, he chooses to use the likes of you and me. Through us he continues to create a world where justice rules in the affairs of men.

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