President’s prayers meaningless without justice

HARARE - Certain churchmen were impressed with a president praying publicly for the country. The God of the Prophets is not impressed with such demonstrative prayers unless they translate into justice for the poor. Listen to Isaiah:
"You may multiply your prayers, I shall not be listening.

ur hands are covered in blood,
Wash make yourselves clean.
Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.
Cease doing evil. Learn to do good,
Search for justice, discipline the violent,
Be just to the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1: 15 – 17).
Amos has the same message:
“Spare me the din of your chanting,
Let me hear none of your strumming on lyres,
But let justice flow like water,
And uprightness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 23 – 24).
Jesus agrees with the prophets, “I want mercy, not sacrifice” (Matthew 9: 13).
Prayers, ceremonies, solemn offerings – all that is empty and meaningless unless it brings about justice for the poor and goes together with compassion for the downtrodden. – In touch Jesuit Communications

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