11 March, 2011

Contributing JUSTLY @JUSTSalvos

It's incredibly encouraging to see daily the comments, contributions and ideas that friends, fans and supporters of JUSTSalvos put forward.
Between Twitter, this blog and or Facebook page we have thousands of people actively invovled in JUSTSalvos each week... What a great opportunity we have to help change the world!

As the conversation grows, it's worth outlining where we hope those contributing will come from as we share, inspire and encourage each other.

JustSalvos, the Social Justice Department of The Salvation Army, aspires to:

Walk Humbly
We believe that to help bring about real and lasting change we must first understand the issues we face. This is not simply a matter of education, but one of experience. In our journey toward justice it may at times be necessary to acquaint ignorance with truth. Although it is important to possess a knowledge of the social and political context of an issue, history tells us that injustice is most keenly understood when it is embraced. This was exemplified through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, who not only challenged cultural norms, but also chose to serve and suffer with others.
We walk humbly, and never presume that those with power hold the solution.

Act Justly
While we value the enthusiastic response to many of the justice issues raised in our social network forums, their purpose is not simply to debate semantics or discuss criticisms. These exist to help us develop the means of overcoming these problems within our local communities. Again we see the ultimate expression of such an enterprise through the character of Christ. Jesus chose to bring about restorative justice with integrity and authenticity. We recognise, as Mark Twain once observed, that ‘action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often’ – we want to encourage The Salvation Army’s social justice community to express their desire for change through selfless activity rather than through idle words.
Whatever your opinion is on an issue, may you express yourself by acting justly, inspiring others and generating change.

Love Mercy
We have a message of hope: we want to free people from oppression and reconcile them with God and others (including the perpetrators of injustice). The Bible declares on many occasions that all of humankind has a share in two great birthrights. First, we all bear the image of God; second, we all live with the consequences of our fragile humanity: we are in a fallen state that separates us from God. Such a dual understanding of the nature of humanity compels us to view any issue of inequality or injustice primarily through a lens of compassion. While our words and our deeds are both significant in the pursuit of justice, we know from experience that it is the quality of hope that most powerfully challenges oppression. With God's help, we want to live authentic lives that reflect truth, respond with compassion, and inspire hope.
We love mercy, embracing those in need with the hope that justice is possible for us all.

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