Tuesday, August 06, 2013

95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity: #9

“For much of my early life, I [John Perkins] was part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s. As I pondered the problems of oppression, discrimination and poverty, I began to see that justice is really a stewardship issue. It has to do with how we manage the earth God gave to Adam—and to us—to subdue. It is also an educational issue. We need to acquire the skills, the wherewithal, to use those gifts God has given us to manage the earth in a way that enhances lives and brings about justice. Ultimately, justice is an economic issue, because that is how we implement what we have learned in order to be good stewards of this planet, which includes every human being. Since we are assigned to care for and be blessed by the earth, injustice is to deprive any other person from open access to this creation; to disallow them from reaching their full potential in life; to subjugate, deprive or exploit them. That’s injustice.”

Shane Claiborne and John M. Perkins, Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical (Ventura, CA: Regal, 2009), 119. 

[Read the Introduction to 95 Theses for Christian Racial & Ethnic Unity here.]

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