Sunday, July 22, 2007

"Let Justice Flow Like River": The Church In Social Action

The Agora Forum July:
"Let Justice Flow Like River": The Church In Social Action


Venue: CDPC
Date: 29th july
Time: 1.30 pm
Presenter: Tricia Yeoh

We are delighted to invite you to a simple sharing and dialogue on Social Justice and the church's role in social involvement by Tricia Yeoh. A senior analyst at Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute, her articles on human rights and various issues have often been published in mass media. I am also amazed by her youthful energy and heart for youth leadership development projects like youth4change. Do invite friends and get inspired!

Tricia: "Despite the fact that we look towards heaven as an end to life's journey, this does not mean social work is negligible. In many books of the Bible, God calls for social justice. Basic verses speak volumes of helping the needy, standing up for the righteous, ensuring that justice is given out in the courts. The book of Amos even calls for the corrupt to be ridden of in the court.

My message is simply that, although Christians believe that the earth is temporal, it is still our responsibility to ensure suffering is eased. What is the difference then? The difference is this: Suffering exists, but God is the balm. Everything that we do should point towards God ultimately. Social justice needs to be called for at all levels because the ultimate judge is Him. Helping the poor and mistreated, the marginalised in society and the prisoners, those who are ostracised and weak - because all are created equal under His eyes.

While we look to the future and cast our eyes on what is unseen at this point in time, we are in the 'here and now', and are responsible for our fellow beings. Let us take heed."

2 comments:

LHA said...

hehe, of course i remember :)

i'll be at tricia's talk this sunday. see you there?

Every Square Inch said...

Hedonese

What a well written piece. I love the gospel centric view of social justice. I love this quote from your post.

"Suffering exists, but God is the balm. Everything that we do should point towards God ultimately."

Yes! Well said. Suffering is inevitable but our participation in relieving suffering brings honor to our Savior who died to relieve the greatest suffering of all - everlasting wrath reserved for those who oppose God.