Matthew Clanahan; ISFJ; 25-year-old graduate student; Learning Support Specialist and adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College; Bachelor's of Science in Mass Media/Radio with a minor in math from Southeast Missouri State University; Apple enthusiast; total geek; coffee connoisseur; flannel lover, multiple-instrument musician; drummer for Berlin Airlift; caffeine addict; LGBT ally; Christ follower; ordinary radical

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God’s love for justice is grounded in God’s love for the victims of injustice.

Nicholas Wolterstorff (via ryankozycz)

An ever beckoning temptation for the Anglo-American evangelical is to assume that all God really cares about for God’s human creatures here on earth is that they are born again and thus destined for salvation - to assume that the only kind of lost-ness God cares about is religious lost-ness. On this view, God leaves the ninety and nine and goes out in search of that one who is not a believer; but God does not go out in search of the one who is poor, does not go looking for the one who is oppressed. But if we understand the shalom for which God longs in this narrow, pinched way, then all those biblical passages about God’s love for justice must remain closed books to us.

What God desires for God’s human creatures is that comprehensive mode of flourishing that is shalom. Shalom includes religious reconciliation; but it includes vastly more as well. Insofar as someone is suffering injustice, just insofar one of the goods to which that person has title, a good essential to her flourishing, is not being enjoyed by her. God’s love for justice is grounded in God’s longing for the shalom of God’s creatures and in God’s sorrow over its absence.

Nicholas Wolterstorff (via ryankozycz)

A piety that sees death as the moment of “going home at last”, the time when we are “called to God’s eternal peace”, has no quarrel with power mongers who want to carve up the world to suit their own ends. Resurrection, by contrast, has always gone with a strong view of God’s justice and of God as the good creator. Those twin beliefs give rise not to a meek acquiescence to injustice in the world but to a robust determination to oppose it.

N.T. Wright (via ryankozycz)

The prison therefore functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving of us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers. This is the ideological work the prison performs - it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.

Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? (via commiekinkshamer)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Elie Wiesel (via liberatingreality)

(Source: liberatingreality)

The “Third World” is a term I don’t like very much because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.

Audrey Hepburn (via colored-pastels)

You’d have to be comatose not to feel God’s hurt and anger ooze from the pages of Scripture over the oppression of the weak and vulnerable…I can’t seem to get away from the fact that the main message of God to his people about injustice is to get off our rear ends and do something! This goes way deeper than feeling guilty about doing more; I’m trying to figure out how I got to the place where the things that break the heart of God are so marginal to mine.

Jim Palmer (via haleyinkenya)

God doesn’t share our apathy.

(via contrariansoul)

I saw the suffering and I let myself feel it… I saw the injustice and was compelled to do something about it. I changed from being a nun who only prayed for the suffering world to a nun with my sleeves rolled up, living my prayer.

Sister Helen Prejean, This I Believe II (via emotional-algebra)

Compassion does not mean only ‘to care about.’ It means ‘to ache from the bowels’—to literally become nauseated with injustice and to get sick to our stomachs with suffering.

Shane Claiborne  (via thesunisfalling)

(Source: papanelly)

It takes courage to interrogate yourself. it takes courage to look in the mirror and see past your reflection to who you really are when you take off the mask, when you’re not performing the same old routines and social roles. it takes courage to ask— how did I become so well-adjusted to injustice?

Cornel West (via dexterremi)

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (via caraobrien)