We challenge injustice
Challenging injustice is never easy – it is rare for a challenge to be welcome.
However, Methodists have a long history of challenging injustice and campaigning for change that stretches back over the past four centuries. Sometimes it is best to support existing campaigns, and sometimes we need to initiate change:
- supporting Wilberforce and those seeking to abolish slavery
- working with trade unions campaigning for fair wages and working conditions
- joining the Drop the Debt movement and helping to establish Fair Trade
- supporting refugees and asylum seekers and The Lies we tell Ourselves publication, which highlighted the poverty traps of the British welfare system.
Over the centuries Methodists have seen their calling as working for fairness and respect. Changing people’s attitudes is as important as challenging systems. Wesley not only sought to help the poor, he also challenged perceptions of the poor.
One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorances an excuse for their hardness of heart.John Wesley ‘On Visiting the Sick'
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