As Christians is it our duty to fight for Justice?

An iniquitous system, based on exploitation and theft, specifically devised to ensure the great mass of people live in poverty/hardship while the few live like patrician senators.

It’s not about envy, it’s about Justice.Justice not just in our country but also in our Church.

And as Christians we have a duty to fight for Justice – because Justice is Love in Action.
To talk about ‘Love’ without Justice is quite simply hypocritical. We cannot fight for Justice if we refuse to accept that there is BOTH personal AND structural sin.

Individuals sin, of course. We all sin.

We are also born into families, communities, societies, civilizations that are structured entities and these too can be structures of sin that ‘normalise’ certain sin, perverting the lives of all those who live in them.

For centuries the institutional Church has concentrated on personal sin, conveniently ignoring structural sin .

Such  systems were/are systems of unjust, unchristian exploitation of man by man. They run point blank counter to our Christian Faith and everyday we refuse to accept this, we refuse to play our part in working to alleviate their injustice and remove them, we play the part of the ‘Good Christian’ James reviles in his epistle when he says: ‘Which of you would consider a man to be a good Christian if he saw a fellow human being sick and ill, starving and in rags, and merely said to him, ‘Christ be with you, my friend’, and walked on? None of you.’

The Good Christian must translate his love, his words, into action, into deeds. To alleviate pain and suffering and injustice. And that means, like Jesus, our leader and our model, going up against the structures of sin in this world, the structures of sin created and maintained by the rich and powerful, the greedy and ruthless, the murdering and torturing – torturing not just the body but the mind, heart and soul of man.

If we are not fighting against this, then what are we doing? Either openly or tacitly, by what we do and above all by what we fail to do, we are supporting iniquitous systems of evil in this world.

By going along with Capitalism and its atomization of human families and societies, its commodification and reification of everything from children, to sex, to wage-slavery, poverty and exploitation of both man and nature for filthy sordid lucre, for filthy sordid ‘loads-a-money’, we too number ourselves among that system’s supporters and enablers.

We too play our part in the iniquity of social sin against ourselves and our brothers and sisters . We too play our part in continuing and enforcing an iniquitous system of global human evil that targets the totality of mankind, a system of exploitation that seeks to absorb and homogenize all cultures, languages and histories, all peoples and civilizations, in one trashy, greed-basedworld.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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3 Responses to As Christians is it our duty to fight for Justice?

  1. It is up-to us practicing Catholics to stand up and demand for transparency and justice from our so called leaders of the catholic church. Alleged financial and land scams continue to rock the administration of our catholic church.As for The archdiocese of Bombay, Issues that are brought up are swept under the carpet, saying there is not enough proof, without doing an investigation. More and more Catholics are leaving the church and joining splinter groups, Last week at Mumbai there were just three ordinations and those ordained were not even from our city. does this sound the death knell of the catholic church due to the poor administration at the AB House.?
    The big daddies of our church may have to give a lot of explanation on their day of judgement.

    • Arcanjo Sodder says:

      Gordon I beg to differ as regarding the investigation.In the case of Marinagar, Cardinal Gracias set up an Inquiry Commission sometime in February 2011. In fact so much is being investigated by the so called Inquiry Commission that till date the complainants statement has still not been recorded.

      • Hello Arcanjo, they go after them with horse,foot and artillery. Expose their wrong doings and take them to the cleaners and lets get the local Govt dept involved. We must not take these issues for granted and let those involved to go Scot free.

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