A Peaceful Perspective... August 15, 2011

August 15, 2010, Volume 3, Number 22 Online at http://anisa.org.za/

Anabaptism is a biblical, Christian-faith movement that embraces the life, teachings, and witness of Jesus Christ and strives to embody these as normative in the everyday Christian walk.

Column: Blessed are the poor in spirit; Blessed is the spirit that the poor possess

One of the most important formation experiences in my life has been growing up in places where I have had to witness and wrestle with the reality that many in our world live in poverty. Living 10 years in Latin America, where one inevitably encounters poverty and is therefore affected by it, has shaped my life, my priorities, and my thinking. What’s more is that I was lucky enough not to live at arms length from those who were poor. Our family and the work my parents did had us building relationships with those who were poor. I got to listen to, had friendships with, and walked side-by-side with those who were struggling with poverty. These experiences and relationships have changed my life. These experiences and relationships have led to a priority of continuing to walk with those who are poor. This has caused me to work in prisons, homeless shelters, and in communities in South Africa where my hope is that I can continue to be with those who continue to struggle against that which systemically causes, creates, or keeps people in poverty. I see this as a struggle for justice. One of the realities, however, that has unfortunately caused some confusion, especially among Christians, is the question as to whether the gospel message deals with economic or material realities. One such verse that has caused much confusion is Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” more >>
Source: ANiSA News