A fourth ‘quotable quote’ from this book, Transforming the World?: the Gospel and Social Responsibility, edited by Dewi Hughes and Jamie Grant.
I’m preparing a series of guest posts or so for Jesus Creed in June. This is the conclusion of a chapter that there won’t be room to discuss there, by Jamie Grant called ‘”Why Bother with the Vulnerable?”: the wisdom of social care’
As the title hints, this is a study of the Bible’s Wisdom Literature [WL] and what it has to say about social responsibility. Here’s his conclusion. What do you think?
The Old Testament prophetic literature is replete with the demands of God for social and economic justice. There is no realm of life that does not come under their penetrating gaze. Social relationships, economic structures, political decisions, foreign policy and religious practices – and especially those who are leaders in these multiple areas – must reflect concern for the disadvantaged. The prophets have left us harsh words – penetrating exposures and compelling condemnations that should compel the people of God to call for justice today. But censure and judgement are not the final word. Hope lies beyond all the tragedy. As we seek justice in the present, may we never forget the promise of Messiah and his kingdom. That kingdom has come in Jesus. The church should proclaim and model that new life and world in the ‘in-between’ time until his coming again.