In part 2 of this post, we continue the theme from yesterday, considering how the Christian community can engage constructively, imaginatively and creatively in the public forum. So often injustices result in the perpetration of further injustices (retribution and revenge), whereas the teachings of Jesus offer us a more positive and life-affirming approach, without diluting the seriousness of the impact of injustice on the oppressed. Rather than being irrelevant, the Christian community has much to offer society in the challenging times in which we live. Economic challenges call out for creative and modest grass-roots responses, which a true community has in ample supply – the good news and good acts of the Kingdom!
Marijke will also share some brief insights from her chapter and the concept of the book, Carnival Kingdom, at the launch on the 2nd March (Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK).
Some further excerpts from her chapter are set out below:-
“Dickens is considered to be one of the most persuasive advocates for the poor of his time. His style of writing belongs to Realism. Contrary to the Romantic Movement of the 18th century that gave an idealistic representation of life in literature and the arts, Dickens’ novels vividly describe the world as he knew it, shining a light on dark realities such as the destitution and exploitation of children and the oppression of women. Capturing the imagination across social classes, his books raised awareness and created a vein of sentiment, not merely entertaining Victorian society but giving it a progressive impulse for change.”
“Our sonship and our discipleship need to shape our citizenship in the social, economic, cultural, and political complexities of our world. Whereas it is commonly thought that a ‘critical mass’ is needed to bring about social change, most change occurs through strategically placing ‘critical yeast’ into the wider society.”
“Proverbs reflects that when God’s people thrive it does society good: ‘When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.’ Wise living generates blessedness, riches, peace – in other words, shalom (11:10; 3:13-14). And so, our influence is not so much determined by our position in the pecking order or our status, but rather by living our lives through Christ as they are founded on biblical truth.”
“Blessed are the shalom seekers, the peacemakers. Blessed are they who have a glimpse of the renewed earth they will inherit, the first rays of which already illuminate their lives. For it disturbs, challenges and inspires them today, invites to new frontiers, awakens the hopeful imagination and makes them gloriously creative.”