Thursday, November 26, 2015
Shalom-Seeking - Kate Kooyman in Do Justice!
While the image for justice in our culture is a set of scales, the image for justice in Scripture is a river (Amos 5:24). A broad, flowing, living, rolling, sustaining, beautiful river. This river, I believe, is all about abundance.
I want there to be an abundance of compassion in life. I don’t want our hearts to be divided, I want our hearts to grow. I want to make things more alive. I want the church to be pro-life -- pro-abundant life.
Our deeply-felt callings look different in their details, but look the same in their essence: That all may have life, and have it abundantly.
We can more deeply invest in the issue that we believe in passionately when we come to understand and value other people's issues. Because drones have to do with immigration, which has to do with prisoners, which has to do with education, which has to do with racism, which has to do with abortion, which has to do with poverty, which has to do with housing.
These issues are all interconnected, and they all deeply affect people’s ability to flourish in community--which is to say, that they’re all about shalom.
I think to be pro-life today means embracing this ethic of abundance -- that there’s no person for whom God does not desire an abundant life. It is up to each of us to contribute to that vision of a wild, rolling, life-giving river of justice.
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