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“Open your mouth for the voiceless, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 31:8-9


"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?"    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 58:6


"It is my contention that Christianity is essentially a religion of liberation. The function of theology is that of analyzing the meaning of that liberation for the oppressed so they can know that their struggle for political, social, and economic justice is consistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Any message that is not related to the liberation of the poor in a society is not Christ’s message. Any theology that is indifferent to the theme of liberation is not Christian theology."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation - Fortieth Anniversary Edition


“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”    - Jesus ; Matthew 7:12


"Because we understand the present crisis of empire to have everything to do with the ordering of power, the distribution of wealth, and the global plague of militarism, radical discipleship necessarily approaches the Bible with social, political and economic questions in mind."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25:40


"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."    - Micah ; Micah 6:8


"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."    - James ; James 1:27


"One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty."    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 22.16


"The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern."    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 29.7


"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 58:6-10


"Eschatology is not, of course, about the destruction of the earth, but about its transfiguration, not about the end of the world, but about the end of evil, injustice, violence— and imperialism. Think of the eschaton as the Great Divine Cleanup of the World."    - Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan ; The First Christmas


Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 21.13


"God judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry."    - Psalmist ; Psalm 146:6-7


“'Spirit! are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more. 'They are Man’s,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree; but most of all beware this boy [Ignorance], for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it!' cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. 'Slander those who tell it ye! Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse! And bide the end!'"
   - The Ghost of Christmas Present ; A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


"How terrible it will be for those who make unfair laws, and those who write laws that make life hard for people. They are not fair to the poor, and they rob my people of their rights. They allow people to steal from widows and to take from orphans what really belongs to them."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 10:1-2


In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”    - Jesus ; Luke 10.30-37


Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 28.27


Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 14.31


“'Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.' Then all the people shall say, 'Amen!'”    - Deuteronomist ; Deuteronomy 27:19


"Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge."
   - Deuteronomist ; Deuteronomy 24:17


"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing."    - Deuteronomist ; Deuteronomy 10:18


"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all."    - Paul ; Romans 12:15-18


"The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'"    - Jesus ; Matthew 22:39


“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”    - Psalmist ; Psalm 82:3


“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.”    - Jeremiah ; Jeremiah 22:3


“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”    - Zechariah ; Zechariah 7:9-10


“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 1:17


"Simply put, social justice is nothing more than God’s love with legs on it."    - Rev. Dr. Serene Jones ; 2017 Disciples of Christ General Assembly


"When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very far behind."    - Dr. Emilie M. Townes ; Journey to Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology


Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.    - Jeremiah ; Jeremiah 22:3


Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.    - Wisdom ; Proverb 31:8-9


Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.    - First Isaiah ; Isaiah 1.17


We believe firmly in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. I can see no conflict between our devotion to Jesus Christ and our present action. In fact, I can see a necessary relationship. If one is truly devoted to the religion of Jesus he will seek to rid the earth of social evils. The gospel is social as well as personal.    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Stride Toward Freedom


Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.    - Jesus ; Matthew 24.45-46


"Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it away."    - Jesus ; Luke 14.34-35


"The rise of Old Testament prophecy is due primarily to the lack of justice within that community. The prophets of Israel are prophets of social justice, reminding the people that Yahweh is the author of justice. It is important to note in this connection that the righteousness of God is not an abstract quality in the being of God, as with Greek philosophy. It is rather God’s active involvement in history, making right what human beings have made wrong."    - James H. Cone ; A Black Theology of Liberation


"The opposition to those who work for social change does not come only from those who are the guarantors of the status quo. Again and again it has been demonstrated that the lines are held by those whose hold on security is sure only as long as the status quo remains intact."
   - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."    - Amos ; Amos 5:24 


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