Peace and Justice

peace and justiceBelhar Confession

  1. We believe
  • that God has revealed himself as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people;
  • that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged;

In a month, I have a trip scheduled to Montgomery, AL.  This trip reminded me of my last visit almost a year ago, when I took a day to tour the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  The museum opened my eyes and the memorial opened my heart.  As I walked through the memorial trying as best I could to read the names of those who lynched, and praying to God for forgiveness for any racial injustice I may have lingering in my heart, I wept.

There is so much that I have to do to help bring about justice and true peace among people.  This is what we are called to do in Scripture and as so eloquently echoed in the Belhar Confession.  Injustice, enmity and racial tension continues to linger in our society, but we are slowly moving towards taking a stand with God alongside the destitute, the poor and the wronged.

Each and every one of us has the opportunity to live as Christ called us to live.  This past year, I have focused on becoming a more active follower of Christ.  I spend more time in prayer, I work hard at finding common ground with people rather than difference, I work hard at doing and being as Christ called us to do and be, so that, “…justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

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One thought on “Peace and Justice

  1. thanks, Lisa. I’m trying to resist the easy memes that take potshots at folks with whom I differ; even though it’s nice to see some little quip that summarizes a point of view, I find that I need to listen to the perspective that such exchanges don’t accomplish anything, and leave us even further apart.

    I also need to temper my “justice juices,” realizing that not everyone sees things the way I do…and there are times when I might be wrong, or misjudging folks. THat’s not to say that the justice fervor is diminished; I need to use that energy wisely…. and that is a long goal.

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