Skip to comments.Bible Society presents 'Poverty and Justice Bible' to MPs (Members of Parliament)
Posted on 03/17/2008 10:33:38 AM PDT by Terriergal
The Bible Society has said that on 13 March, Members of Parliament were presented with the first Poverty and Justice Bible to highlight more than 2,000 verses reflecting Gods attitude to poverty and justice.
Thirteen MPs were presented with the Bible by David Landrum, Bible Societys Parliamentary Officer. This comes ahead of the official launch of The Poverty and Justice Bible at the Christian Spring Harvest festival from 25 March 20 April.
Andy Reed, MP for Loughborough, said, This is the Bible Ive been wanting for a long time. It highlights Gods heart for tackling poverty and establishing justice. Its vital for us in the public square because it shows that Christians have always, and will always be, involved in these issues.
The publication also represents a challenge to us all about how we live our lives as Christians. Can we genuinely say that we put poverty and justice at the heart of our mission?
The Poverty and Justice Bible is the first to highlight more than 2,000 passages in the Bible that speak of attitudes to poverty and injustice. Challenging the notion that the Bible is an outdated rulebook, it shows that, on the biggest issues of our day, the Bible got there first.
Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedforshire said, This is a highly significant edition of the Bible reminding us of Gods commitment to those affected by poverty and injustice. It deserves to be widely read by old and young alike and cannot help but give us a fresh perspective on Gods eternal word.
The publication includes a 32-page study guide with a focus on doing, to give practical expressions of what it highlights. Topics range from equality to education, farming to fairtrade. The studies show how that concern for the oppressed is foundational to faith, and encourage action from giving, to praying, to living responsibly.
Northavon MP, Steve Webb said, The Poverty and Justice Bible is a timely reminder of Gods priorities. This Bible highlights the fact that God is concerned about all aspects of our lives, and that true religion must involve action to address the gross injustices that still scar our world and our nation.
Bible Societys Chief Executive James Catford said, Poverty and justice have always been on the heart of God. The Bible is not full of rules, finger-wagging and old-fashioned ideas. It has something to say about life and, in fact, theres nothing on earth that we can experience that the Bible doesnt tackle.
Its important that Christians in Parliament not only know what God says on these issues, but also allow it to influence their politics.
The Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham and Bible Societys president, added, Before the Make Poverty History movement, before Sir Bob Geldofs Live 8 and before politicians began debating these issues, the Bible spoke loudly and clearly on poverty and justice.
To order your very own Poverty & Justice Bible please visit: www.bibleresources.org.uk
Not in Britain. Possibly because they have an official religion.