The church is an alternative community – a theology for engagement:
Mahatma Gandhi, an admirer of Jesus but not a Christian, got it right when he said, ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world.’ Jesus’ call was not just to a new order but also to a new community. The church’s life and work is not meant to replace the necessary and biblical role of government but to offer an example of compassion and justice. The church’s prophetic witness should hold the state and not just the religious community, accountable- leading by example. Martin Luther King called for black churches to engage with the transformation of the world and act as the ‘conscience of the church.’ He said, ‘the arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ As Luther King demonstrated, one uses differing tactics and methods for different purposes and times – education, advocacy, and testimony, preaching and speaking out, marching and demonstrations, relationships with political leaders. We must be aware, however, that the battle for justice and engagement must be underpinned by prayer and spirituality.
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- Prayer for ADF and Africa
- Giving to the African Development Forum. Your donations can help us fight poverty and injustice in Africa and help us realise our vision – an end to economic and climatic injustice in Africa.