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Christians = God’s Admin [Part 2]

Administer True Justice

[Disclaimer: The following thoughts are personal, and don’t necessarily reflect those held by Care for Children or my colleagues.]

For [Part 1] go here.

8 And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: 9 “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’

In part 1 I suggested that ‘administering true justice’ is the Church’s mandate: a unique Christian calling based on the fact (yes, fact) that Jesus is true justice personified, that his resurrection administered true justice once-and-for-all by defeating death, and that as citizens of a new and eternal nation under his Kingship, Christians are called to give up their lives to bless the nations by administering (i.e. doing) true justice, equipped by scripture, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds.

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Christians = God’s Admin [Part 1]

Administer true justice (Zecharia 7:8-10

[Disclaimer: The following thoughts are personal, and don’t necessarily reflect those held by Care for Children or my colleagues.]

The word ‘administration’ tends to get a lot of bad press, or at least in the NGO/Charity world. At Care for Children we often use the tagline ‘action, not administration’ to assure donors that our work is project orientated in the countries we work with, and not office orientated in the UK, USA or HK (where we are registered as a charity). Potential donors with a critical eye are often quick to ask: ‘what percentage of your budget is spent on administration’? How much a charitable organisation should or shouldn’t be spending on administration is an argument for another day, but suffice to say, the connotations surrounding the word aren’t particularly positive, and many avoid it altogether…

…but I’m enjoying a new understanding of the word.

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