Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Needed: A New Moses

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Needed: A New Moses

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MOST people only read about troubles prevalent in inner cities; they don't live there. And in such cases, the maxim "Out of sight, out of mind often seems to rule. It's a dangerous precept when justice and healing are so urgent. When a significant portion of the population needs to deal with the actuality of daily violence, massive unemployment, poor educational opportunities, and discrimination, we all share a responsibility. It makes no difference where we live. It makes no difference whether we have contributed to the problems or not. We bear a responsibility for healing them.

It was Cain who, when asked about his brother, replied, the Bible records: "I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? Today's society is in danger of following Cain's destructive example. It is not a pleasant fact, but the sin of today is complacency in the face of the inequities so prevalent in the inner city.

When the children of Israel were oppressed in Egypt, God, divine Love, raised up Moses to free them from subjection and inequity. Moses' declaration of God's message has echoed down the centuries: "Let my people go. Are you willing to let the Moses in you be called into action?

Moses did not find God's charge to him easy. But his innate spirituality made him conscious of God's law. He felt the compelling power of divine law within. He came to know God as the great lawmaker. This made him incapable of ignoring injustice. The operation of divine law broke through apathy. It unloosed the chains of hopelessness. It empowered Moses to do what most thought was impossible--to make a profound change in the lives of common people.

What does it mean to be a Moses today? It means breaking ranks with Cain. It means searching for an understanding of divine law and responding to its discipline. It's a willingness to follow God's leading. Christ Jesus lived a life devoted to the welfare of mankind. …

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