Micah Challenge Australia Blog

 

The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Does the cross of Jesus have anything to do with social justice?

    Posted by John

    20 April, 2011

    The story of the cross.....It's a familiar story to many. We retell it at least once each year at Easter. Jesus of Nazareth, who many believed to be the long-awaited Messiah-king of the Jewish nation, who himself claimed to be the Son of Yahweh, carries his own cross to the place they called Golgotha - the place of the skull. There they crucified him. It's the stuff of history...by that I don't just mean history books...but actual history. This real life event has defined history ever since. It has certainly defined my history and my story. There are so many things that happen in churches - so many causes that demand our attention. In the midst of all the activity, it's right that we focus on this story at this time of year. But it would be a mistake to think that focusing on this story means putting our concern for the poor and for social justice on the shelf for a week. It would be a mistake to presume that Easter is all about grace and salvation and not about action for justice and mercy. Two brief stories might help explain what I mean. Both are from one day… read more

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  • Persistant prayer for justice (Luke 18)

    Posted by John

    15 March, 2011

    Unanswered prayer. What do those two words make you think about? What emotions do they raise? They make me think about injustice - because a vast majority of my prayers are requests that injustice would be replaced by justice - that God would make wrong things right. What happens to my faith when the thing I prayed to be made right remains wrong?I was thinking through these questions with some friends last week and I re-stumbled across a little parable in Luke 18:1-8. It's often referred to as the Parable of the persistent widow: Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come… read more

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  • Prayer is action!

    Posted by John

    20 February, 2011

    National Coordinator, John Beckett invites you to "Pray with us!" on 20-27 Feb 2011 People often thank me because Micah Challenge has given them an opportunity to DO something that makes a difference in response to extreme poverty. We welcome the thanks. Of course, our hope and prayer is that we can mobilise all Christians in Australia to SPEAK and ACT on poverty issues in the public space. We have a voice, a voice that is shaped by the Lordship of Christ. It is a credible voice! Yet in all our activity, in all our work for change, we are committed to one action that should come before, follow after, and run as a thread through, all that we do - the ACT of PRAYER. Prayer is action! Have you ever thought of it that way? Not simply 'pray before you act' or 'pray for the strength to act'. The act is the prayer. And it is the most important and powerful action we perform in our fight against poverty and injustice. What kind of action is it? Prayer is an act of justice. It calls on the God who is just to restore right where there is wrong; wholeness where there is… read more

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  • Is Tony Abbott backing away from his 0.5 committment?

    Posted by Tabitha

    13 February, 2011

    On 21 June Tony Abbott publicly confirmed the coalition's committment to 0.5 figure on the public record, stating " I want to make it very clear that the goal of 0.5 per cent of national income in overseas development aid is a bipartisan one." Here's a video of his speech at Voices for Justice: So it was a little surprising to hear his proposal that we should cut aid to Indonesia to fund the flood levy. Click here to hear to an interview with John Beckett talking about Micah Challenge's position on this issue, on SonshineFM. read more

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