John Stott spells out one important aspect of ‘living under the cross’:-
The cross is a revelation of God’s justice as well as of his love. That is why the community of the cross should concern itself with social justice as well as with loving philanthropy. It is never enough to have pity on the victims of injustice, if we do nothing to change the unjust situation itself. Good Samaritans will always be needed to succour those who are assaulted and robbed; yet it would be even better to rid the Jerusalem-Jericho road of brigands.
In the modern world, there are many forms of injustice. These include
- International – the invasion and annexation of foreign territory
- Political – the subjugation of minorities
- Legal – the punishment of untried and unsentenced citizens
- Racial – the humiliating discrimination against people on the ground of race or colour
- Economic – the toleration of gross North-South inequality and of the traumas of poverty and unemployment
- Sexual – the oppression of women
- Educational – the denial of equal opportunity for all
- Religious – the failure to take the gospel to the nations
Love and justice combine to oppose all these situations. If we love people, we shall be concerned to secure their basic rights as human beings, which is also the concern of justice. The community of the cross, which has truly absorbed the message of the cross, will always be motivated to action by the demands of justice and love.
The Cross of Christ, p293