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  • Absolute power + absolute love = God's equation for justice

    Posted by Amanda

    19 October, 2012

    “If absolute power corrupts absolutely, and God has absolute power, isn’t God absolutely corrupt?” I was in a meeting in Delhi recently, talking about poverty and corruption when Rev Richard Howell, head of the evangelical churches network in India (EFI) asked that question. And the answer he gave? God combines absolute power with absolute love. Where there is sacrificial and unselfish love, power is transformed. And when individuals and society seek after the power of money and influence without love, corruption sets in. In its broadest sense, corruption is moral impurity or deviation from the ideal. It is the opposite of honesty and honour. How do everyday followers of Jesus rate on the corruption index? Maybe not very well. Lots of us are guilty of staying quiet when we see financial wrongdoing at work, some of us might indulge in a bit of petty corruption on the grounds that everyone else is doing it, some of us may not even think about integrity at the work place. For some of us, paying a bribe so our sick child can receive medicines is a… read more

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  • Reflections on Voices for Justice

    Posted by Josh

    26 September, 2012

    Well, the Micah Challenge’s Voices for Justice conference is over for another a year, and I thought I might offer just a few reflections on what we did while we were in Canberra for the four incredible days. Though the quality of the teaching sessions, the general reality of our diversity in unity, and the important meetings with (over 100!) MPs are obviously very important to note (and great to take part in), I thought I’d take a step back and look at some of the larger themes. The conference this year centred, basically, around two main points: 1) Firstly, it was noted very clearly that we need to celebrate the progress that has already been made towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. For me, this was such an incredibly important part of the whole conference. Though it is true that we still have a long way to go in some instances (and I’ll get to that below), I believe that it’s essential to celebrate the progress that has been achieved. When dealing with issues of poverty and social justice, it’s… read more

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  • $22 Billion for World's Justice?

    Posted by Scott

    10 September, 2012

    How would you like to raise $22 billion for anti-poverty programs around the world? That's not $22 million but $22 billion. Sounds impossible right? Well maybe not. Back in September 2000 world leaders, including Australia's Prime Minister, gathered in Geneva and declared that the new millennium would be one in which we would forge a new world. “We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.” Inspiring words, but such words have been spoken many times before. Would these be yet another empty promise? Perhaps not, because this time the world's leaders put measurable targets against their pledge. They set 2015 as the date by which eight millennium development goals would be achieved and set targets against each goal - the proportion of people living on a dollar a day… read more

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  • Progress

    Posted by Laura

    21 August, 2012

    Seeing progress is a fantastic thing. Whether it is the clock in an exam ticking ever closer to the start of holidays, or finally seeing your hard work pay off, as you get better at a sport, or cards, or knitting, or skipping, progress is always really encouraging. I’m not really one for numbers. I never quite managed to get my times tables down pat (much to the chagrin of my father), and stuck to General Maths in Year 12, but even I have been astounded by the latest report from the United Nations. The 2012 Millennium Development Goal Report is the compilation of key indicators and data, which provide an assessment on how the world is going with reaching the targets. As we know, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and halving poverty – 2015 – is getting really close. The good news? Extreme poverty is falling. The proportion of people living on les than US$1.25 fell from 47% in 1990 to 24% in 2008 – that’s a reduction of over 400 million people. 400 million people who are living above the… read more

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