Our Vision: Australian Christians living as advocates for justice, working together with people in poor communities for a world free from poverty.
Our Mission: To gather, inspire and empower Australian Christians as advocates, to share God’s heart for justice and raise a powerful voice with and for people in poor communities around the world.
Underpinning our vision and mission are the following core beliefs and principles which significantly shape who we are and how we operate.
We believe that all people are created to enjoy abundant lives of dignity, security and hope
“…they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.” Micah 4:4
God is grieved and angered by the dehumanising poverty that robs people of their dignity and hope, which consigns women, men and children to violence and vulnerability, struggle and despair, and which stunts and prematurely ends the lives of tens of thousands of poor people every single day.
We want to see a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which all people are able to flourish and overcome poverty.
Our vision comes from the Bible’s view of the “abundant life”, where all people are able to experience peace and righteousness in all their relationships – with one another at every level (locally, nationally and globally), with selves that are healed and made whole, with creation, and with God.
We believe that we are all called to act and speak up for justice
"What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God?” Micah 6:8
We believe that Christians are called to speak and act to change systems and structures, broken relationships, unjust laws and abuses of power, so that all people might be able to flourish in line with God’s intention. We are compelled to speak and act by:
The character of God – which is one of justice and a passionate concern for the poor and vulnerable, supremely demonstrated in the self-giving love of Jesus (Psalm 146:5–9; Jeremiah 9:23–24, 2 Corinthians 8:9).
The call of God – for us to be a people created in Christ Jesus to bear witness to His grace and justice by living lives of self-giving love, seeking the good of all (Ephesians 2:1–10; Galatians 6:9–10).
The claim of God – and the Lordship of Christ over the whole world, over every nation and government, every culture and economy, calling these powers, institutions and authorities to take their proper place in submission to His just and gracious rule (Psalm 82; Matthew 27:18; Revelation 11:15).
The promise of God – that injustice stands condemned, that in the fulfillment of God’s kingly rule in Christ, suffering and mourning will be removed and healed, that all creation will be renewed; and that we are called to live faithfully, justly and mercifully in light of that in-breaking future here and now (Romans 8:18–25; Ephesians 6:10–17).
We seek to influence both ourselves and those with power
“Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
God calls every single person “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8) and that God's revolution of justice, mercy and faith begins when each of us heeds that call.
As Dorothy Day says: "The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?" And as this revolution of the heart takes hold, we are called to use our voice and our influence, as individuals and as churches, to bring about change in politics, in business, and in society in order to protect the rights of the poor and the needy.
We believe in doing justice together
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18–19
We know that the church is powerful when it lives in loyalty to its Saviour and acts and speaks in unity. The power we have together is not for domination or exploitation, but one of passionate service and struggle on behalf of the last and the least.
Micah is made up of organisations, churches and individuals from across all denominations and traditions. Speaking together, we express our unity and seek to influence our nation for good.
For more on Micah Australia's definition and approach to poverty and biblical justice, click here to download our Poverty and Biblical Justice Discussion Paper.