In the last year there have been many political shenanigans across the world. In places protests against certain changes in the law at times have forced a leader to resign. Some refuse to relinquish power and oppress the people so there can be little possibility to protest. A president is impeached, an ex-president refuses to face the music. The State Capture commission in South Africa is coming to grips with major acts of corruption and fraud, but general lawlessness is endemic in our society at all levels, by young and old while environmental justice isn’t always on our agenda.
Samuel said to Saul: “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king. 1 Samuel 15:16-23.
Pope Francis. An authentic faith, which is never comfortable or completely personal, always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values. If indeed the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics the Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines. All Christians, their pastors included, are called to show concern for a better world. EG183