He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
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and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
From UMC.org – The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.
So how do we seek justice?
We can start by looking around us. Do we see people or families who aren’t able to live life to the fullest because they cannot get access to basic human needs? Forget your political agenda for a minute and think about actual people. Not statistics. Chances are you know someone who falls into this category. Perhaps they haven’t made it known to you. Ask God to open your eyes. Today you might make a discovery. And when you do, start with them. It might not change the world but it will change their world.
Still can’t think of anyone? Alright, lets think bigger. What really gets your blood steaming? Cruelty to children? Abused families? Abused pets? People living in poor housing conditions? People who are hungry?
Pick one. Just one for today. Research what is going on around you and then around the world with this particular problem and then find an organization that is helping to fix the problem. Not sure where to start? Do what every high school student does when writing a research paper… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Humanitarian_aid_organizations
From there the rest is up to you. You can donate. Volunteer your time. Or pray. The bigger the commitment the bigger the impact.
What are your thoughts?