The Church

The Power of the Promise
John Perkins

What I struggle with are corporate sins. Things like racism and oppression, injustice and inequality that create cycles of poverty and dependence for people from which there are few escapes. It is my conviction that God has given us the church—a corporate expression of Christ, a corporate model of his love—to break these corporate and institutional cycles and patterns that are so difficult for us to deal with alone.

To me, the way to real change is through a group of people who have been “crucified with Christ,” so that he can live in them to set up an alternative, the Body of Christ. And as that body takes its responsibility in the neighborhood to do the work of the gospel, it will be creating healthy, corporate models of economics, education, health care, nutrition and day care. This is the power of the promise that God has put Jesus in charge of all things.

Source: A Quiet Revolution

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Church and State
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.

Source: The Strength to Love, 1963

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