Monday, May 19, 2008


This is yet another disturbing image of the xenophobia happing in our country at the moment. There is no information as to whether this man died or not...

What is the church's response to this horror? Jesus has always stood up for the oppressed, the marginalized those who always seem to take the worst society can dish out. Of course there are all sorts of economic reasons to be chasing the foreigners out when we have enough hungry mouths of our own to feed. But that is thinking with our wallets and not with the Spirit that Jesus put into us. Luckily this has not yet been happening to this extent in Cape Town. But it will soon be here no doubt...the only question is 'how will we as Jesus church respond?"

In Matthew 23:23 Jesus in one of his angry moments says "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."

How will we play out Jesus' justice and mercy here and now? Let's get ourselves into action...

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