justice is undivided. Working for one element of social justice does not preclude a passion for another. But nor does working on one bit of the justice jigsaw inoculate us and exempt us from needing to work on all the other bits..
…so said Provost Kelvin Holdsworth in another sermon on Social justice and the church in his sermon this Sunday past.
It made me reflect, as ever, on my own life and what I do to further the social justice agenda in the world around me. OK, so I’m active in the campaign for LGBT equality and equal marriage, but as Kelvin seems to suggest, that doesn’t give me an exemption from having to work for social justice where inequality exists in other areas?
Education, opportunity, housing, health, income are all areas where social inequality exists in our society, here, right now, in Scotland, in the rest of the UK, Europe, Africa…and its OK to sit in church on a Sunday nodding one’s head vigorously agreeing with the words spoken from the pulpit, or watching the on line video of the same, but we have to do more than that. Influencing those in power who can effect change is a good way to start, protesting too.
So if you’re Christian or some other faith or none at all ( and a few of those such folks have visited St Mary’s recently) the words from this sermon can translate into real action to fight for social justice. To all the letter-writers, to the folks who email cabinet ministers, to those who sign petitions, protest outside the parliament, even those who throw bouquets six times, please don’t stop, because it can and does influence those in power and lead to sometimes earth-shattering change. And never more was this illustrated by a black man being re-elected as president of the most powerful nation on earth AND saying this….
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
(again, thanks to Kelvin for pointing this out)
This is social justice as a result of thousands of people campaigning. Ordinary folks who feel that social justice does not discriminate on any grounds.
Individual action can and does make a difference.
Incidental, you might also want to listen or read Kelvin’s Christmas day message as well. Even if you’re not a person of any faith, the message of social justice and equality should be core to any decent society. The Herald found it newsworthy enough to feature the day after..