God’s natural disposition is not anger but chesed [steadfast lovingkindness]. Thus, God’s nature gives us hope. God is committed to making all things new, bringing about a world of justice and righteousness. Calling believers to love God and neighbor.
Christian communities today often place evangelism and social justice in conflict with each other, focusing on one or the other. Those that focus on social justice are often accused of having left the gospel behind. Those that focus on evangelism are accused of not caring for people’s physical needs. The minor prophets, however, hold these two in balance. They recognize that loving God and loving neighbor properly belong together. Proclaiming the whole gospel means calling people to follow Jesus but also loving people like Jesus did, so that in their experience of our love for them they encounter Christ.
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