Spirituality and Social Justice

serving homeless manSometimes, Christians speak of spirituality and social justice as if they were opposites: we can be either devoted to God and a life of prayer, or to serving others.  Jesus exposes this as a false division, and tells his followers that serving the hungry, the sick and “the least” is serving him.

Christians who dive into healthy prayer and contemplation discover the depths of God’s love and compassion, which spill out into the world around us in acts of compassion and justice.  Christians who work for justice and serve others can begin to feel burned out and overwhelmed at the immensity of need around them unless they regularly reconnect with God’s passion and purpose.  A vibrant Christian faith includes both spirituality and social justice.



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