What does the Bible say about poverty and injustice?
The Bible has a lot to say about how we are to act towards the poor and the marginalised. We are to be gener
ous and kind.
The prophet Isaiah reminds us to “... seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of
the fatherless, plead the case of the widow" (Isaiah 1.17).
Jesus shows us that those who follow him will use what power they have, not primarily for themselves in the pursuit of pride, prestige or material gain, but to serve others. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” he said. “And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark 10:43-44).
Many of us may not realise it, but we do have the power to influence the world around us. Advocacy, the act of influencing those who have the ability to effect change, is one of the best ways to show servant-like love and use the power we have. For Christians, advocacy should focus on calling for change that looks to the interests of the poor, the vulnerable and oppressed. Our voices can help ensure that the world we live in is a just one.
What is Catalyst?
Catalyst is Baptist World Aid Australia’s advocacy program. It equips and supports small, mostly church-based groups to follow God’s call to speak up for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalised. Groups come together to learn about, pray about and act on global justice issues. By joining with more than 50 groups across the country and speaking up together, our ability to create change and transform the lives of people suffering from injustice can be remarkable.
Visit www.baptistworldaid.org.au/get-involved/be-vocal to learn more.
What is our purpose?
The purpose of the Blackheath Baptist Catalyst Group includes advocacy, as well as other important actions to address poverty and injustice.
Our purpose is to equip our community to make a difference in our world through raising awareness, prayer, giving, advocacy and consuming fairly.