After I got past the title “An Emergent Manifesto of Hope”, I enjoyed the article. The waves of “do goodism” that pass through communities come and go, but, as he says, a young person’s real hope is a caring Christian family (even if it’s not a perfect one) in lieu of false hope offered by gangs on the one hand or (and we don’t often make this connection) socialist do-good ‘gangs’ , i.e. the state trying to work apart from the family and the church. What he says reminded me how much I appreciate CityTeam’s approach to merging social ministry with disciple making. The former without the latter is failing to build communities on the word, the latter without the former are tone deaf to the needs of the communities they serve.
Rudy Carrasco blogs his chapter from An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (excerpted here):
A lot of Christian service groups visit Harambee Ministries, a Christian urban ministry that I direct in Pasadena, California. I love to read them the fifth chapter of the book of Amos. For dramatic effect, I use The Message version of the Bible. It leaves little room for interpretation of the writer’s intent. For example, take Amos 5:21-24 (Message):
“I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice – oceans of it. I want fairness – rivers of…
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