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Songs from Voices for Justice

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Songs from Voices for Justice

We must go
Live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward
Keep us just from singing
Move us into action
We must go
— God of Justice,Tim Hughes

It was such a privilege to be a part of the Micah Challenge Australia "Voices for Justice" conference to do just that -  remember and reflect on God’s heart and passion to alleviate suffering, and then, in His name and strength, step into the political system and speak up for those who are impacted by injustice.

But its pretty clear God wants us to keep singing about this as well - so many of the Psalms appeal to God’s justice, righteousness and compassion.

He remains faithful forever, executing justice for the exploited and giving food to the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow,
but He frustrates the ways of the wicked
— Psalm 146:6-9

Here’s some of the songs we learned over the weekend (plus a few more) that you might want to introduce in your church.  I pray they might help align your hearts with God’s and encourage you as you move into action!

Walk in Love - Charts and Lyrics.  On the album "We Are Alive"

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Tax and worship

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Tax and worship

I don’t know if you think much about tax?  I generally avoid thinking about it until its that time of the year again.  But its really important - tax is good!  Public health care, roads and transport, education, emergency services…even the ABC and Peppa Pig are things we enjoy because of public funding through tax.  

Over the last couple of days at Voices for Justice, we’ve been learning a lot about tax dodging - basically, the way that corporations and individuals take advantage of ‘creative accounting’ and tax havens to minimise the amount of corporate tax they pay,  For example, you may have heard about the example of Google in Australia - that while they made an estimated $1,000,000,000 profit in the Australia market in 2011, they paid only $74,176 in tax (no…that’s not a typo…there’s no missing zeros!)  That a lot of money not being returned into the infrastructure and services of the Australian community.  Read about it here.  And they’re not alone…this is common business practice - at least 61 of the ASX Top 100 companies have subsidiaries companies in tax haven countries.

However, the effect it has to us pales in comparison with the impact these business practices have on developing nations...


How does that make you feel?  Is this something we should care about? What has it got to do with worship? I’ll share some more thoughts tomorrow…

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Voices for Justice

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Voices for Justice

I'm really looking forward to leading the singing at Voices for Justice over the weekend - not only the opportunity to sing and serve, but it will be a unique opportunity to learn, grow, be challenged, repent and speak up for the values of God's Kingdom and the people he loves.  I'll keep the blogs and tweets coming, so keep checking back if you want to share the journey with me.  

But you can also get involved from where ever you are right now...post a 'shine the light' selfie and shoot it to your local MP this weekend...we'll be talking about the impacts of tax dodging and corruption with them next week, so let your voice be heard as well.  Read more about it at www.shinethelight.com.au

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