The Christian Public Servant – “much more than a religious platitude”

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January 30, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Isaiah 1:16(b)-17(a) [NIV] … stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.

Reflection

Unfortunately, you see it too often. Going to work. When out at lunch. Coming home from work. You might even see it with the clients and citizens you serve. The homeless. The abused. The battered. The trafficked. The persecuted. You might even witness it among your coworkers.

Should social justice be the concern of a Christian? Should social justice be a concern at work?

Scripture is very clear on this. Is it not? We are required to stop doing wrong, learn to do right, and defend the oppressed. We are required to seek justice always and in all situations. One way or another, Christians are directly involved with those who are abused by neglect and systemic oppression. That includes you and me.

But how to seek social justice? What does the application of scripture look like where you worship? What does the application of His social justice look like where you work?

Pray and follow God. Listening to the Holy Spirit and do what Christ wants you to do. You need much more than a religious platitude. You need to find ways to break dependency and victimization, and ways to open freedom and remedy for the one who suffers social injustice.

What you see and hear today – on the way to work, at lunch, and after work – requires a response consisting of much more than a religious platitude. Find His way of doing what is right.

Prayer

God, give me strength today to do what is right. Let it begin with prayer and Your word, and let it end with Your action and remedy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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