Some social and economic patterns ARE 1) Humane, 2) Holistic, and 3) Honest.
Jesus and the Prophets promote these. Even in times of crisis THAT kind of healthy society is what we are really pursuing! The “Kingdom of God” – the new economy – the Beloved Community – the new world order – the wonderful society that the Bible promotes. ☛ See some posts about this.
Politics is a big issue all through the Bible from Moses to Isaiah to Jesus.
In fact, Jesus was killed for being a political problem. Those who pay no attention will get what the people who ARE paying attention really want. That’s often not pretty. ☛ Posts on Recent Politics
Call out religious fraud. The Bible does. Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles do it often, and with bluntness and clarity. Isaiah, in ch 58, is very direct about it, “Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion.”
“Turn the other cheek” clearly does NOT mean support evil people! Did Jesus EVER urge us to support evil people? He actually teaches us to RESIST evil people but to do so without using their world-destroying tools of violence. ☛ Posts on NonViolence
God is NOT happy with imitation religion. “They seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways – AS IF they were a people who does what is right.”
“Why have we fasted – and You have not listened!” ☛ See: “Lift Our Voices Like a Trumpet!” – another post about Isaiah 58.
Micah nailed it 2700 years ago.
What does the Lord require of us? That we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. Pretty straightforward, but not always easy. Still, God holds to this. ☛ Micah 6:6-8, at Biblegateway
“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit.” -John Milton Some people actually DO know more than we do! And some people just say it SO well.
Nothing is more relevant to social conditions than the transformation of persons that comes from prayer at its best. -Dallas Willard
“Jesus OFTEN withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:17 If Jesus needed to do that, it may be something we need to learn. ☛ Click: Posts on Prayer & Meditation