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Systemic-Injustice

"An apt paraphrase of Jesus’ invitation is: 'Follow me and I will show you how to catch the Big Fish!' (1:17). In the Hebrew Bible, the metaphor of 'people like fish' appears in prophetic censures of apostate Israel and of the rich and powerful . . . Jesus is, in other words, summoning working folk to join him in overturning the structures of power and privilege in the world!"    - Ched Myers ; Say to This Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship, p. 10


"Injustice between person and person is inevitable and bad enough. But it is far worse when the social institution set up in the name of justice gives its support to injustice . . . Even if the judge is wholly free from bias, the law itself in all countries, presumably, is on the side of property. The British Parliament, "the mother of free institutions," has always been an assembly of propertied men; only in recent years has it contained an efficient minority of representatives of the working class. Our own legislatures rarely contain any spokesman of the class which needs a voice most of all."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, pp. 252-253


"The social gospel is the old message of salvation, but enlarged and intensified. The individualistic gospel has taught us to see the sinfulness of every human heart and has inspired us with faith in the willingness and power of God to save every soul that comes to him. But it has not given us an adequate understanding of the sinfulness of the social order and its share in the sins of all individuals within it. It has not evoked faith in the will and power of God to redeem the permanent institutions of human society from their inherited guilt of oppression and extortion. Both our sense of sin and our faith in salvation have fallen short of the realities under its teaching. The social gospel seeks to bring humans under repentance for their collective sins and to create a more sensitive and more modern conscience. It calls on us for the faith of the old prophets who believed in the salvation of nations."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, p. 5-6


"The individualistic gospel has taught us to see the sinfulness of every human heart and has inspired us with faith in the willingness and power of God to save every soul that comes to him. But it has not given us an adequate understanding of the sinfulness of the social order and its share in the sins of all individuals within it. It has not evoked faith in the will and power of God to redeem the permanent institutions of human society from their inherited guilt of oppression and extortion."    - Walter Rauschenbusch ; A Theology for the Social Gospel, p. 5


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