Justice and hope. Can these two words really go together? As Christians whose ears are attuned to the voices of marginalized people, where is our hope when the poor are trampled underfoot and it seems that the powerful take the day every time?
We have hope because we are not saving the world, Christ is.
We have hope because we get to participate in this heavenly restoration and reconciliation of all things, and though we groan and labour along with creation, we know the ending of the story already. There will be freedom for the prisoners. There will be recovery of sight for the blind.
The oppressed will be set free. Good news will be proclaimed to the poor.
And so we work and pray and advocate, entrusting our faithful mustard seeds of love for neighbours to a faithful God.
We invite you to mark Justice and Hope Sunday on February 18, the first Sunday of Lent, by:
- taking an offering to support the work of the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue;
- using these worship resources;
- ordering free bulletin inserts from Faith Alive by the end of December; and
- challenging your congregation to take the Lent Advocacy Challenge. (Preview the advocacy challenge, which appears on the back of the bulletin inserts.)
We invite your congregation to take up the discipline of advocacy with marginalized neighbours this Lent. As we walk with Christ toward the cross, we walk with our marginalized neighbours, knowing with them that after the cross comes the empty tomb.