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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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  • How do you solve a problem like Maria?

    Posted by Micah Challenge

    4 September, 2012

    I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until Voices For Justice 2012! I have been to the past five Voices for Justice but I think this year’s is crucial. I sense there has been a change in attitudes over the past few years. Everyone is more concerned about their own future and is less generous towards others. I want to be part of the voices saying we can and should look after more than just me and my kin. I want to be part of God’s plan to care for the poor and marginalised in our world. Over the years I have met so many inspiring people – both speakers and other “voices.” At Voices For Justice 2009 I met a lady called Maria. I learnt so much from spending the four days of Voices with her. Maria was born in the developing world, in a country with a corrupt government. She was amazed at our Parliament House and our system of government and could not believe that we could just walk in, watch what was happening and actually meet with our local politicians. Meeting her certainly made me realise how privileged we are… 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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  • Overcoming your politicophobia

    Posted by Ben

    15 August, 2012

    Have you ever thought of visiting your politician, but have never had the courage or the time? Or have you ever wondered if meeting with a politician is really effective? Or perhaps you're a seasoned electorate campaigner who is sick of the sight of your politician and wondering if you can even stomach another visit? This blog post is for you. Yes, all of you. It's time to take courage, renew commitment, and plan your visit with a politician because it is, beyond doubt, one of the most effective forms of campaigning action that we can take. If we're serious about influencing Australia's commitment to tackling poverty and global challenges like climate change, then it's a step more of us need to take. The cause of tackling dehumanising poverty needs more voices raised. You can be sure that well-paid lobbyists are constantly raising the concerns of their corporate clients with politicians. These politicians desperately need to hear from passionate community advocates also, people who "raise their voice on behalf of the voiceless, who defend… read more

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