Biased toward the powerless

A politics rooted in love is not the sentimentality of warm feelings in the political arena. Rather, love takes on political shape in justice. Justice as the political face of love is never impartial but is always biased…. Justice is always suspicious of the powerful and biased toward the powerless. Justice is first and foremost directed toward the orphan, widow and stranger precisely because these people lack the economic and political power to defend themselves. Love shapes the very content of justice. God’s love takes sides with the most vulnerable, the most oppressed. Therefore a Christian political praxis of love seeks justice for those who are the most marginalized, the most oppressed and downtrodden. While an idolatrous culture of greed is always willing to allow the powerless to be oppressed by the powerful and will always tolerate homelessness, disease and violence amongst the disfranchised, and an ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor, a Christian community of love will strive to bring justice to those at the bottom of society…. Love unifies and love heals. In a society that has gaping wounds in its social fabric, the Christian community, through its example and its societal and political witness, is called to be an agent of reconciliation and justice.

Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
Colossians Remixed