Building Resilience After Conflict Edited by Kirsten Ainley and Mark Kersten One of the most dramatic shifts in international politics in the last thirty years has been the increase in the use of international or internationalised criminal justice mechanisms in post-conflict states.
Where confusion often sets in is when we begin to discuss how we are to make an impact. Two well known Bible stories provide insight into the difference between doing justice and loving mercy. This story gives us some clues about assisting individuals in need.
First, we notice that it is the unlikely Samaritan — not a religious leader — who stops and helps out the beaten man left for dead. Second, we learn the Samaritan does not hesitate and is quite generous toward the man in his time of need.
In the Hebrew Bible, we see a different form of action taken by Moses. In this example, we see extreme hardship placed on an entire nation — not solely an individual. We learn that Pharaoh has turned the Israelites into slave laborers and ordered midwives to kill every male infant at birth.
In response, God calls upon another unlikely champion, Moses, to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. These stories have contrasting elements that are helpful when evaluating the needs of our community today, and the responses we may choose to take.
The Samaritan does not attempt to survey the causes of highway banditry. Instead, he provides much needed immediate relief. Second, the scale of the problem and the ultimate solution in both examples are completely different.
The Samaritan limited his work to the beaten man, and simply resolved the problem with good deeds, although the underlying problem of banditry still remains. Moses does not have this luxury because the problem is institutional, and therefore, he is required to take public action to bring about justice.
This distinction may seem elementary on the surface but is often overlooked within congregational life. A classic contrast can be found in our response to the public education system. Yet, public schools throughout the country are failing to produce quality education for all.
In the spirit of the Samaritan, the church may decide to respond to this crisis by establishing a tutoring program through the generosity of its members. As a result, twenty-five kids show remarkable improvement in their test scores.
Meanwhile, the school system stumbles along and hundreds of other children fail to achieve basic reading and writing abilities.
Another church may decide to act similarly to Moses by recognizing the failure of the school system and organize with other congregations to publicly call for needed changes to make all schools more effective.
These two responses are clearly different choices. The choice between justice and mercy can be seen time and time again when looking at various responses to crises in community, no matter what the issue.
We highlight the distinction to demonstrate the clear differences in types of ministry. We also understand that we are required to do both — to help the victim and fix the system. But DART seeks one thing:President Trump on Sunday said he will formally call on the Justice Department to investigate whether his campaign was surveilled for political purposes.
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