Advocacy Ministry is part of our biblical call.
The Bible is filled with stories of persons seeking justice on behalf of the sick, the poor, the oppressed, and other persons and groups without voice in their culture.
Consider the ministry of Moses, Esther, Jeremiah, and the other prophets.
Remember Jesus challenging the unjust systems of his society that oppressed women, lepers, Samaritans, the poor, the ill. Remember the cleansing of the temple. Remember the public witness of the disciples and Paul. Remember the early church’s faithfulness even under oppression by the powers of their day. And the book of Revelation was written to the oppressed/persecuted church.
Micah 6:8's call is to not only love kindness, walk humbly but to also “do justice.”
In Luke, 4:18, Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
A United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania is one example of God’s people heeding our biblical call. We represent nearly 2,400 congregations and nearly 450,000 church members from across Pennsylvania in the state Capitol. Our focus is justice, not partisan politics.
John Wesley Focused on Justice Ministry
Wesley made it clear that God calls us to justice ministry, when he wrote “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Our advocacy in the halls of government reflects is supported by his observation on the English House of Lords: “I had spent two or three hours in the House of Lords. I had frequently heard that this was the most venerable assembly in England. But how was I disappointed! What is a Lord but a sinner, born to die!”