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  • A Biblical Framework for Social Justice

    Posted by Jasmin

    5 March, 2014

    Jasmin Howorth was the Communications intern at Micah Challenge in 2013. During her year with us, she felt challenged to delve deeper into what ‘social justice’ meant on a personal and biblical level. The following framework is her reflection on all that she has learnt about social justice in her year with us, and how to practically apply biblical foundations of justice to our modern lives. Social Justice: a biblical framework After idolatry, God says more in the Bible about social justice than any other subject, with over 2,000 verses speaking to God’s heart for the poor. So, what does social justice mean in a biblical context? According to Tim Keller, the Hebrew word for “justice” is mishpat and at its most basic level means to treat people equitably. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament mishpat refers to taking up the cause of widows, orphans, immigrants and the poor. “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.” (Isaiah 1:17)… read more

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  • How my faith gives me hope in the fight against injustice

    Posted by Matt

    17 February, 2014

    I’m often asked how I can remain so hopeful in the face of such shocking poverty and injustice, the kind of which I’m forced to confront all too frequently in my line of work for aid and development organisations. I’d be lying if I said that I’d be anything but a mental wreck if it wasn’t for the hope I cling to. A hope that assures me that it was never meant to be this way, nor is it going to stay this way. It’s the source of this hope that I want to share with you. This isn’t a piece aimed to ‘convert’ you or anyone else to any kind of ‘religion’. Rather it’s the story of how I came to faith, and it’s the story of a refugee child from the Middle East, born to an unmarried teenage mum, born under oppression and into poverty, whose life and teachings provide the most powerful example of how we are to engage this world in a way that seeks justice for the poor, confronts those who oppress, and calls forward a future day when pain, war, suffering, addiction and the exploitation of our… read more

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  • Why I'm buying Joe Hockey a goat this Christmas

    Posted by John

    18 December, 2013

    For the last 3 years my wife and I have received goats for Christmas. The practise of buying a gift on behalf of a friend for someone in need elsewhere has become a common part of Christmas for many of us. And it’s a great idea. It makes a difference in the lives of poor people and communities while at the same time keeping some of the potential excess of Christmas in check. I confess that I mostly stay out of the gift buying in our house. I hope that most of the ‘Aussie male’ stereotypes don’t apply to me, but on this one I am guilty. But this year is different. This year I’ll be buying a goat....and giving it to my MP, Joe Hockey. Why would I buy Joe Hockey a goat this Christmas? A little bit of back story..... Many of you will know that two days before the election, my Federal MP Mr Hockey, at the time the would-be Treasurer, stood in front of the cameras and advised the Australian people that the Coalition, if elected, would be cutting $4.5 billion from the aid budget over the next 4 years, thereby breaking a promise that the… read more

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  • One woman's stand for authentic faith

    Posted by Amanda

    25 October, 2013

    Gisela Schneider epitomises authentic faith: “strong and respected and not afraid of the future. She speaks with a gentle wisdom.”[1] That wisdom – sometimes fierce as well as gentle - comes from 30 years as a missionary doctor in various nations. Recently I caught up with this talented woman in London and she told me some of the things that have shaped her life with God. Early on, Gisela knew that she wanted to do more than swim in the mainstream – “I didn’t want to stay in my nice, white middle class world” - and was drawn to be a doctor so she could do overseas mission work. Her ideals about “serving God on the mission field” were given a swift reality check in the Gambia. Life was often disorganised, and the political situation chaotic. Children and women were treated with scant respect and punishment was harsh. “They didn’t seem to understand forgiveness. All I could do was live out my values, try to demonstrate forgiveness, cry with the children. And people did start to notice. I guess you… read more

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