Sojourners is a great example of a Christian group that is addressing the systemic injustices in our public policy. Perhaps those of us who feel led can contact sojourners and express our desire to see the issue of wages and education be more emphasized. But what about systemic problems in the culture
of poverty? How can the church, local and universal address these less tangible factors in the poverty cycle within communities and families?
I have a couple of ideas:
1. We could fashion networks of excellent mentoring programs, including training, support and affirmation for mentors. I think this would also be a fabulous opportunity for healthy ecumenism -- the goal not being conversion to our beliefs, but making tangible the good news to the poor described in Luke 4 -- that the oppressed may be free! By collaborating with over people of faith and even secular people with their hearts in the right places, we could set a goal of A Mentor for Every Child in Need.
Research shows that kids who have a relationship with someone who cares about them significantly and believe in them are much better at overcoming adversity than children who don't. I read this somewhere, maybe someone with a better memory can think of the source. Doesn't this make sense? Why bother trying if no one expects great things of you? Why bother trying if you don't believe anyone cares?
2. We could preach on the theme of "To whom much is given, much is required," encouraging business people to invest both their time and their money in creating internships and other "ways in" for talented, disadvantaged kids.
3. We could make this a theme of bible studies and and small groups, and stress the importance of hearing and putting into practice the lessons of Jesus.
What other ideas do you all have sisters? And what can we do together to get the word out in our churches?
Labels: Culture, Social Justice