Christians Concerns for Social Justice issues Essay

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Christians Concerns for Social Justice issues




Since the beginning of time people have been concerned with social justice issues. Social
justice is helping people using God’s love as a tool to do it. St. Catherine of Siena,
and the prophet Isaiah, were two people who knew what social justice really meant and they
were concerned with it. Also the Lutheran church is very concerned with different types
of social justice issues. Through these three sources we are able to see the different
types of social justice issues that arose in their times and through exploring them we
will find out that they are not unlike the ones that exist today. Also we will find out
that even though not all three of the sources are Christian they all act like the
Christian church teaches us to in order to tackle social justice issues

Catherine of Siena grew up in Italy during the fourteenth century. Many things were
happening at this time in the world, people had a lot of the same concerns about the
future as we do today. The fourteenth century was a time of many wars, of famine, and of
many sicknesses including the bubonic plague. Also church at this time was full of people
who were losing faith, and it was spiting into two parts. They also had many of the same
problems as we have today such as poverty, problems between ethnic groups, hunger,
oppression, and homelessness. There was also corruption among the powerful just like
today. This is why study Catherine of Siena because many of her concerns for the state of
society and social justice issues are not unlike ours today.

One concern that Catherine has for society is she feels that self-centered love may
destroy us and we must rid ourselves of it “You understand, therefore, dearest brothers
and lords, how self-centered love destroys the city of soul, and also destroys and
overturns our earthly cities”(Catherine 40). Catherine feels that there is a lot of
selfishness in the world today and we must stop it before it destroys us. She also feels
that selfishness will destroy our souls. It is like the devil working with in us. She
also says that if something is not done soon about the selfishness in the world it will
not only destroy our souls but also our cities. For instance, a selfish king will try to
rule the world, and by trying to rule the world this king will probably destroy many
people and cities along the way. Also a king that is selfish will never grow and if he
never grows he won’t be able to help his people. Selfishness is just one concern that
Catherine has for the state of society. If you think about we also have this concern. We
would like people to be less selfish and help out others in order to have harmony in this
world and to live out God’s will.

Another concern for society that Catherine has is she seems to think that people have
trouble coping with there problems. We find this out by a letter that she wrote to her
brother who was having some troubles in Italy. She tells us that all we have to do in
order to get through hard times is be patient “I beg you, therefore, to hold the weapon of
patience firmly so that you may receive benefit from all your troubles”(Catherine 21).
As you can see Catherine sees patience as a weapon that can help you get through many
things especially hard times. She knows that this is a difficult task so she gives three
suggestions how this may be done. The most important and interesting one is ”Firstly, I
want you to think about the shortness of live, for you are not certain even of tomorrow”
(Catherine 21). This is a very good suggestion not only for the time of Catherine but
also for us today. We all have hard times and if we are patient we will get through them.
A good way to do this is to do what Catherine says, think about how short life really is
and you will begin to see that your problem maybe isn’t so big. Catherine knew a lot
about social justice issue and how to try to solve. Another person that was just a
concerned with social justice issues and for the state of society was the phrophet Isiah.

Through God Isaiah was able to see some problems that God’s people were having. Isaiah
the prophet lived in and around 500 B.C. during a time when Jerusalem was in turmoil. The
book is broken up into the basic parts. The first Isaiah talks about a divided monarchy
and the fall of the Israelites in the northern kingdom. The second Isaiah deals with
exile. While the third Isaiah tells about the Israelites returning to Jerusalem form
Babylon, rebuilding of the temple, and the reestablishment of the Torah. All three books
show concern of social justice issues and the state of society.

One concern for society that Isaiah has is that God’s people are sacrificing things
especially animals for an easy way out of their sins. He fears that the people are
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