Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shallow Social Justice

My friend Laura Massie forwarded me this article, and it really struck a chord. A commitment to social justice is a wonderful thing -- complacency and self-righteousness considerably less so.

"Daily we read treatises of shallow liberation, trying to fit the causes of the We’s into the model of the Church (us) and the poor (them)...

"And well supported though these missions may be in the our sacred texts, they do not sufficiently answer the cry for liberation that Jesus inspires in the hearts of those who are captive. Lila Watson’s qualification to those outside of her community is the essential invitation we are each faced with in this moment:

"If you have come to help me, go home. If you have come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let’s work together."

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