Category Archives: Social Justice

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The Corporate Slavery Plantation

Corporations Linked to Slavery

Do you dread work? Are you getting ahead in your job, achieving personal potential and destiny? Or are you just paying the rent? Welcome to the American dream! Many people live under the daily burden of American corporate slavery.

The American corporation achieved the status of a “person” under the law in the 1886 in a Supreme Court case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific. This is only a few years after the close of the Civil War and the supposed end of slavery in the United States. This is no coincidence. A sinister transaction took place; the plantation slave owner was supplanted by a far more insidious slave master, the corporate “person.” read more

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Moral Courage: The Narrow Road

It takes moral courage to cast aside defense mechanisms and the veneer of culture, and peer into the void of mortality and meaninglessness.

(David C. Funder, Personality Puzzle, pg. 481)

I am studying Funder’s textbook, Personality Puzzle, for a psychology course. I love this quote about moral courage. It is true on many levels. I enjoy studying and discussing existentialism, and I am constantly evaluating my own life, looking for the meaning.

I often contemplate my earthly mortality and the great joy that lies beyond. I am not scared to die; I welcome death as a respite from this hard life. While I remain on earth, I will lean into Jesus to find the moral courage to make this world a better place in every way that I can. read more

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Ego Triumphs Compassion

The Beauty of Compassion

As I flipped television channels last night, I came upon a Nova program that chronicled the journey of two Bangladeshi conjoined twins. They underwent a grueling, 34-hour separation surgery in Australia. They are now doing great. One of the twins has some developmental difficulties, but they are both so lucky to be alive.

The story was dramatic and heart-warming. Many, many people came together to create this miracle, including case workers, adoptive parents, doctors, nurses, surgeons, even the Australian government. It was a beautiful story, but one thing troubled me. read more

the rich man has no name

The Rich Man Has No Name

As I consider the story of Lazarus and the rich man, I am struck by one thing. Yeshua never called the rich man by name. The poor man is named Lazarus. The rich man has no name.

The Rich Man and the Skeleton Houses

I was riding the bus today through Lake Oswego, an opulent, wealthy suburb of Portland. I saw all the “castles” which people build for themselves and I thought, “What is it really all for? I’m sure not impressed.”

In the midst of my thoughts, I passed by a house under new construction. It was gigantic, sprawling, imposing, and… a skeleton. Just a mere skeleton of wood and concrete. Wooden beams stretching to the sky, wooden beams dividing rooms, wooden beams shaping a staircase and a floor. It was not at all impressive. I suppose people will ooh and ahh once the carpet goes in, the windows are filled with glass, the walls are painted a trendy color, and the outside is decorated with expensive stonework. read more

Christian responsibility to the poor, homeless and depressed boy

Christian Responsibility to the Poor

The Christian responsibility to the poor is clear. Over 300 times in scripture, God commands his followers to care for the poor. His eye is on the poor who cry out to him day and night for justice.

The life of the poor person is stressful, and highly uncertain from day to day. God has compassion on the poor. He understands poverty intimately, as He came to walk the earth in the form of a poor man named Jesus. Jesus was so poor that he did not even have a home, or a place to lay His head (Luke 9:58). Jesus still walks the earth through the poor who are close to his heart. read more

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In His Name All Oppression Shall Cease

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name!

All Oppression Shall Cease

These are the lyrics to the third verse of the beloved Christmas song “O Holy Night.” Yet how often do we forget that Jesus came to break chains, that at the very mention of his holy name all oppression must cease?

How often does the church who claims to love Jesus practice loving one another? How much love do we as Christians show to those who are outside our denomination, our social circle, our belief system? read more

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Bomb of Love

Blame it on what you’ve been through
Blame it on what you’re into
Blame it on your religions
Blame it on politicians

We’ve been blowing up
We’re the issue
It’s our condition

We’ve been blowing up
We’re the issue
Our detonation

We’ve been blowing up
We’re the issue
We’re ammunition
We’re ammunition
We’re ammunition
We are the fuse and ammunition

I have no generation
Show me my motivation
One world one desperation
One hope and one salvation
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Salvation Army- Not Saving Anyone

I read in The Oregonian today that the Portland Salvation Army, and its bell ringers, takes in about $5000 in donations from the red Christmas kettles every day! (Oregon Live) What  do they do with all of this money?

Two years ago, my husband and I were struggling to pay our bills. He had been laid off from his seasonal job at JCPenney, and I was 9 months pregnant. We had exhausted all of our credit and all of our savings paying our rent and utilities and trying to stay afloat.  I had been desperately searching for work for months, but no one seemed to want to hire a pregnant woman. We were only days from having our electricity turned off, and only weeks from eviction from our apartment if we could not find some money soon. read more