Sunday, 6 November 2016

Where is "good news for the poor"?

Our church councils and committees are taken up with many things but, in the light of what is happening in our society, should not these words from Luke 4, Jesus' mission statement, be at the top of our agenda.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4.18-19)

In response to the Ken Loach film, "I, Daniel Blake", Social Work Tutor has penned these powerful words.

How long can we use most of our resources on maintaining church fabrics and most of our energies on maintaining the minutiae of church life and ignore the cries of the poor and the oppressed?