|A Call for Justice in the Land|
|News Releases - Civic News & Info|
|Written by Jo Cohrs|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011 10:18|
Currently we are witnessing around the country if not around the world a movement that has been given the name “Occupy Wall Street” after the focus of the very first gathering that seems to have begun this movement that now encompasses over 80 cities in the United States. At its core this is a movement that is calling the nation to think again about justice for all citizens. The Preamble to the US Constitution begins with these words: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice,…” The call for justice, fairness between people was at the core of our coming together.
Yet as a faith based group we also must look at the unique tradition coming from the Holy Scriptures and understand that the call for justice is again central to our mission. When the Prophet Amos was speaking to the leadership of the Northern Kingdom of Israel his message from God was again for justice for many were being ignored by that same leadership. In the 5th chapter of that book and in the 24th verse we find these words, “Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos was calling for the nation to remember that it needs to see that justice falls on all of its citizens.
In the New Testament in the Gospel of Luke we find Jesus reading from the Prophet Isaiah as he stands before the congregation of his home town. He says, “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 favor.”
This then is our directive, to bring good news to the poor and to proclaim release to the captives. As we look at our current society we see a nation where the wealth has been denied to many, where the advances of health care have been denied to many, where opportunity for worthwhile employment has been denied to many.
Occupy Wall Street and the other occupy manifestations around the country are reminding us that justice is at our core as a people and as a faith community we need to take this opportunity to reiterate that not only is this at the core of the Republic but it is a directive in the center of our faith.
Churches United of the Quad City calls upon the Christian Church to remind the community through word and deed that justice and working for justice is at the center of the faith. We must use this opportunity to lift up the call from the Jesus that we follow and remember those that often get forgotten. Let this be the moment in history when the people of faith say this society must offer compassion to all, fairness to all, justice to all.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.”(Matthew 25:40)
Voted by Churches United of the Quad City Area Board of Directors 10/27/2011
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