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World Prayers for Dec. 21-27: Ghana and Nigeria December 19
In the New Testament, Jesus was continually in conflict with religious leaders over the essential meaning of the law.
Just treatment of people was at the core of his concern: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith; it is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others” (Matthew 23:23).
When Jesus challenged the Pharisees and Sadducees, he was confronting the public policy decision-makers.
In the face of the political, social, and religious institutions of our own time, we are likewise called by the Spirit to pray, open our hearts to God, reach out to others in their need, and confront structures, behavior, and policies that impoverish and oppress.
We are blessed with a system of government that allows us to have a voice in public policy decisions. It is legitimate, even imperative, for us to exercise our prophetic ministry in the public policy arena, secure in the belief that this is how the Bible directs us.
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