“God is concerned with poverty and oppression, as both are insults to His intentions for humanity”
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Human dignity Relationship to God Relationship with one another Relationship with the earth & resources
Human dignity “There can be no Rights of Man except on the basis of faith in God. But if God is real, and all men are his sons, that is the true worth of every one of them. My worth is what I am worth to God; and that is a marvellous great deal, for Christ died for me. Thus, incidentally, what gives to each of us his highest worth gives the same worth to everyone; in all that matters most we are all equal” William Temple
Job 31:13 – 15 13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me, 14what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? 15Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Ephesians 6:9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. Colossians 3:25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honours him.
Jeremiah 22:15-17 15 Do you think you are a king because you compete in cedar?Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him.16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.Is not this to know me? declares the Lord.17 But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain,for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.”
“It is not so much he case that I am under obligation to God tomy fellow human beings as that I am under obligation to God for my fellow human beings.” Dr Christopher Wright
Philippians 2:6-7 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men.
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Reverend John Green “He was a devout Christian man, yet a gentle and understanding man. He was a freak, he had almost no prejudices, whether, a black or white or whatever. There were few people around like Green… He transcended the popular racist mindset, he had full faith in the aboriginal people, their community, their capabilities and what they were able to achieve.”
“the church should be the one community in the world in which human dignity and equality are invariably recognised, and people’s responsibility for one another is accepted.” John Stott