In view of the response to Glenn Beck’s statements and some of comments I have received since posting the link to Bread for the World’s petition I thought that I would do some reflections this week on a biblical view of justice. Now having said that let me hasten to add that i am not an academic theologian – rather a practitioner and advocate who has struggled for theological understanding in the midst of refugee camps and communities of poverty.
My theology has been shaped by theologians like Walter Brueggeman and NT Wright who grapple with issues of justice and the holistic nature of God’s concern for our world in a much wiser way than I ever could. I thought that I would do a series of posts over the next couple of days looking at some of their ideas.
Listen to Walter Brueggeman talking about the covenant God made with the children of Israel.
The new community now to be proclaimed and called into being bears at least three marks, according to Jeremiah.
1. It is a community of God’s Torah: “I will put my torah in their midst” (31:33, the translation “within them” is excessive personalizing). The new covenant anticipated here is one whose content is torah (which we do a disservice to render “law”). Torah that marks the new community is not a practice of law to clobber people, not a censure to expel and scold people, not a picky legalism. It is rather a release from small moralisms to see things through the eyes of God’s passion and anguish. The torah is a reminder that God’s will focuses on large human questions and that we also may focus on weighty matters of justice, mercy and righteousness.
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I would also love to know who has shaped your views of Biblical justice so would appreciate your comments