Just words

Just a thought: I believe that a simple but strong reason for working towards social justice is that today, all people should have had the chance to just sit outside and enjoy how beautiful it was outside. To think that there are countless, real, image-bearing human beings all over this city, country and world without even that much freedom, or who are so downtrodden by stress, worry, poverty and sickness that they are incapable of receiving what God has given for all to enjoy, is heartbreaking.

I think the way Lewis put that idea was by saying that really, at root, the whole reason for human government is to provide enough stability for friends and family to enjoy laughter around a fire on a cold night.

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On another note, it’s amazing how the order and choice of words can make simple thoughts so powerful.

“Mark this, a Christian is a person who had become someone he was not before.” – David Needham

“And everyone around me shakes their head in disbelief
And says I’m too caught up
They say young is good and old is fine
And truth is cool but all that matters
Is that you have your good times
But their good times come with prices
And I can’t believe it when I hear the jokes they make
At anyone’s expense except their own
Would they laugh if they knew who paid?”

– The Avett Brothers, “Ten Thousand Words”

Freedom hangs like heaven over everyone
Anybody knows what the newborn holds
But a dollar says he’ll lick that devil
And do it alone
Iron & Wine, “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven”

And I hear this verse on repeat in my head:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God… the holy habitation of the Most High.
– Psalm 46:4

There’s just something about it, isn’t there?

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~ by justinhong on April 29, 2010.

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