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Politics and God’s Sovereignty: Standing Against Injustice

August 23, 2012

God’s church universal, as well as the church local, has the privilege and duty to glorify God as its primary mission.  While edification of the saints and evangelism of the lost are preeminent activities within our mission, we cannot forget that we are to make a difference socially as well.  Not the social gospel that simply seeks to meet the external needs, but the true Gospel that seeks to meet the external needs of the suffering as evidence of Godly compassion, all the while consistently communicating the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His propitiation by His atoning death as our substitute and His subsequent resurrection.  James makes it clear and Jesus leaves no room for doubt:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction,and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27

If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  James 2:15-16

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’  Matthew 25:40

God’s word instructs us to minister to the “least of these” as part of our mandate as salt and light in this distasteful and dark world.  For those of us living in the United States and those living under similar governmental systems that recognize basic human rights & dignity, we must also use the freedoms we have been provided to speak out against injustice against the weak, the poor, the suffering, the “least of these.”  The fact that we live under a governmental system where we have the freedom to take political action is part of God’s sovereign design.  If we have the freedom to pressure our government to act on behalf of those who cannot protect themselves from injustice, then it is our solemn duty to do so.

In that vain, I’ve re-posted a blog from The Gospel Coalition that brings to light the injustice occurring in Pakistan against one of “the least of these.”  Please resolve to write, email & call your government representatives to pressure them to take a stand and act against this evil.

By JOE CARTER, The Gospel Coalition

Mentally Disabled Christian Girl Faces Life Imprisonment for ‘Blasphemy’ 

The Story: In Pakistan, a twelve-year-old mentally disabled Christian girl is in jail on charges of blasphemy. If convicted, she could face life in prison.

The Background: Although details about the incident remain unclear, the girl, Rimsha Masih, is claimed to have burned a Koran for cooking fuel. The child is said to have confessed, but she is believed to have Down Syndromeand is not aware of her actions. (read more)

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