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What issues are we called to take a stand on?

Discussion in 'Social Justice Ministries' started by Eftsoon, May 26, 2021.

  1. Eftsoon

    Eftsoon Active Member

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    Many Christians would agree that we are called to have a direct impact in , at minimum, our local social sphere: but to what extent? My second question is: on what issues?

    abortion
    ecology
    taxes
    political corruption
    police brutality
    public spending
    neocolonialism
    human rights abuses
    social welfare
    religious freedom
    child trafficking
    drug laws
    trade unions
    market regulation
    gun control
    censorship
    sanctions
    immigration
    free speech
    gay marriage
    genetic engineering
    technology regulation
    privacy

    Which issues get you out of bed on the weekend to make a little mayhem? A petition here, a little nonviolent picketing there. Which issues do you let slide? Why?
     
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  2. Love First

    Love First Houston We Have A Problem

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    We are called to take a stand on every issue that concerns us that is not compatible with the gospel if we can. Of coarse as human beings we are limited on time.
     
  3. Eftsoon

    Eftsoon Active Member

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    And so we prioritse... but by what criteria?
     
  4. Love First

    Love First Houston We Have A Problem

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    I guess we decide what issues are causing the biggest problems and we attack those.
     
  5. Love First

    Love First Houston We Have A Problem

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    Let me add that as Christians we are to follow the Savior’s example and he was never one to hide and shrink in the darkness.
     
  6. rturner76

    rturner76 The silent majority needs to wake up Supporter

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    IMO, the 3 "issues" Christians should be most concerned with are (in no particular order)

    > Feed the hungry
    > House the homeless
    > Clothe the naked

    If we put our resources to these goals, people will flock to the church(es) because of the fruit it would bear. You can reach and teach but what are you doing to help your neighbor is at the heart of Christ's ministry.

    Of the list provided, I would say

    > Free speech
    > Freedom of religion
    >privacy
     
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  7. Love First

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    For me the current issues that concern me the most are probably as follows:

    1. The lack of love in the world
    2. Pornography
    3. Abortion
    4. Homosexuality
    5. Anti Semitic attacks
    6. Shootings
    7. Sexual immorality and the breakdown of marriage and the traditional family
    8. Sex Trafficking
    9. The Environment

    I mean there are so many issues that concern me though so it’s pretty hard to give a summary.
     
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  8. Eftsoon

    Eftsoon Active Member

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    I'm interested in how you are deciding which issues are not worth pursuing.
     
  9. Love First

    Love First Houston We Have A Problem

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    Well honestly I guess I’m just picking the top issues that are close to my heart but like I said all issues contrary to the gospel are important to address.
     
  10. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Gun control. Sometimes I like to go shooting on the weekend.
     
  11. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Aren't we called to "come out" of the world so that we are not affected by these problems?
     
  12. Love First

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    Goodluck.
     
  13. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    I'm pretty much 'on the outside looking in'. What a blessing! :bow:
     
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  14. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Actually I have an interest in the drug problem. I emailed my Senator with some suggestions about it. I received a 'form letter' email acknowledging my communication that also indicated that I would receive an answer to my specific topic later. I'm guessing that it be in another 'form letter' explaining what is being done about the drug problem, with no discussion about my suggestions. In other words while I will receive a response from my Senator it will likely be evident that she doesn't have the time or interest in considering my input. I hope I'm wrong about this. News at eleven.
     
  15. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Haven't heard from my Senator yet. My suggestions must have revealed to her that the government is doing it all wrong and she's ashamed to admit it.
     
  16. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    I also contacted my alderperson (suggested by the mayor's office) concerning our once beautiful lakes, now a weedy, smelly mess with huge algae blooms, beach closings, and fish kills. I encouraged her to support a vigorous lake weed harvesting effort. I haven't heard back from her either.
     
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  17. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    I reserve the weekends for my own personal use.

    Anyway, our economy is dependent upon these problems as they are being 'managed' for the political and financial benefit of the rich and powerful. They also provide employment for the rest of us. By solving these social problems we would put millions out of work. So we're stuck with them.
     
  18. Eftsoon

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    I'm guessing you're joking, but you're not wrong when you say that there there is political incentive to keep these issues live.
     
  19. OldWiseGuy

    OldWiseGuy Wake me when it's soup. Supporter

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    Not joking at all about this.
     
  20. Eftsoon

    Eftsoon Active Member

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    I meant that you were joking about keeping these issues open for the sake of jobs. For example, keeping human rights abuses going to supply the charities with business.
     
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