“God has told you, O people, what is good, and what is required of you. Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
Through Law and Prophets, the people of Israel were reminded that their faithfulness to the Covenant was to be demonstrated not by their worship rituals but by their care for the poor, the disadvantaged and the stranger. The same criteria applies to us as followers of the Way of Jesus.
Luke’s gospel reminds us that Jesus took as his Mission Statement this quotation from the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19.
Matthew’s gospel goes so far as to say that we will be judged by our acts of caring for the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, those without clothing, the imprisoned and the stranger. That what we do, or do not do, for these people is the same as doing, or not doing, for Jesus - refer to Matthew 25:31-46.
A commitment to justice is part of our DNA. We are people of shalom, which means “peace” not as the mere absence of conflict, but as harmonious and caring relationships between all peoples and all creation. Since its formation, the Uniting Church in Australia has affirmed this calling, in its Basis of Union (see paragraph 3) and more explicitly in its Invitation to the Nation (1st July 1977) where, “We pledge ourselves to seek the correction of injustices wherever they occur.”
We are all part of a long tradition of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. It is up to each one of us to ensure this tradition continues.
More information for
Calendar of Social Justice events
Further Uniting Church information and resources
Statement to the Nation 1977 - 1st Assembly of the Uniting Church
Uniting Earthweb - a network of Uniting Church people within NSW and the ACT who work for a greater connection between ecology and Christian faith and practice.
Email: Presbytery Justice Committee