Principles of Justice

Jesus and Justice When we look at the life of Jesus, we find a person whose sole purpose was to bring those around Him closer to His heavenly Father. In looking to His example, we see a life which was wholly committed to bringing the Kingdom of God to earth. In reflecting on His example…

What is Social Justice?

The Social Justice Department is regularly asked the question – “what exactly is social justice?” This is a difficult question to answer, as the term “social justice” evokes a variety of responses which differ from person to person. We believe that it is impossible and somewhat unwise to pin down a single definition, as to…

‘Christ of the Breadlines’

“Jesus says in the twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew: ‘I was hungry; did you feed me? I was naked; did you clothe me? I was sick; did you care for me? I was an alien; did you take me in? What you failed to do to the least of these, you failed to do to Me,…

Fence or ambulance

  A friend of mine, a teenager, recently fell off his skateboard and grazed his leg badly. There was gravel and dirt stuck inside the wound, yet being a typical, stubborn teenager, this friend decided that the best course of action was to put a bandage over the wound so that it would stop bleeding…

The Kingdom of God on Earth

The Kingdom of God on Earth by Casey O’Brien Machado The beautiful thing about being an advocate for Social Justice is that while our focus is on this world, our hope is in another. The bringing about of Social Justice is “The Kingdom of God on earth”. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we ask “Thy…

Community needs? – Look around you

Community needs? – Look around you The Territorial Social Justice Department is often approached by individuals and Corps asking which campaigns they can get on board with, or what issues they can champion. However this is not always the right question to be asking. Sure, we could recite a list of Campaigns of which we…

Social Justice – Not an optional extra

Social Justice: Not an optional extra by Casey O’Brien Machado Recently, at a multi-denominational meeting, I introduced myself to a fellow attendee. Upon explaining my role to him, he responded “Oh, you’re a Social Justice person. I suppose that’s a given – you do belong to The Salvation Army. I am more of a Bible-type…

Who is my neighbour?

Who is my Neighbour? I live in a battle-axe block. There are four houses in close proximity to mine with many people living in each. I have a lot of neighbours – none of whom I know particularly well. I know that the lady out the front loves gardening. I know that there’s a grumpy…

Look to the Cross

“We cannot begin a conversation about justice anywhere but at the cross of Jesus” (We thank She Reads Truth for this Good Friday reminder). What happened at the cross was the great inversion of justice. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved and in return we received a brand new life; we received hope; we…