Culture At Large

Letter from Global Christians

Chris Salzman

I had not heard of this letter before today, but in light of recent happenings with the United States Wall Street it seems extra interesting.

Here's the first part of the letter:

Read the whole letter and make sure to scroll to the bottom to see the list of signatories.
As the Church of the Lord in what is known as the "Southern" part of the world, moved by the Holy Spirit to fight for the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers, we address our Christian family in the United States, a Church of the same covenant, faith and love. Grace and Peace to all of our brothers and sisters.

We know your works of love; these works have allowed millions of human beings for many generations in our countries in the South to receive the gospel, the Grace of Jesus Christ and the power of His Salvation. The U.S. church's untiring missionary effort planted in our lands Hope in Him who came to reconcile EVERYTHING.

Nevertheless, the political, social and economic situation in the places where this hope has been announced is increasingly distressing. Millions of people in the global South are dying of hunger, violence and injustice. These situations of poverty and pain are not simply the product of the internal functions of our countries; rather they are the results of the international policies of the governments that wield global power.

Therefore, we have this against you, brothers and sisters, that along with this powerful announcing of the Gospel, the Church from the United States has not also raised its voice in protest against the injustices that powerful governments and institutions are inflicting on the global South - injustices that afflict the lives and ecosystems of millions of people who, centuries after the proclamation of the Gospel, still have not seen the sweat of their brow turned into bread.

 

 

A large motivation of this letter has to do with the Millennium Development Goals, which the United States is doing a poor job of meeting. I don't begin to understand the interplay between global politics and economics, but the fact that so many Christian leaders in the Southern Hemisphere agree that the United States is doing a poor job definitely has my interest.

Thoughts?

[HT: nicksmusings]

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