The map & compass

Two central ideas underpin all our work:

The ‘Map’ of Biblical Law:

Roadmap imageThe Jubilee Centre seeks to connect the Bible’s distinctive social vision with challenges in our complex contemporary society. Whether the issue is family breakdown, the debt crisis, welfare, community or criminal justice, the Bible offers a distinct alternative to contemporary ideologies, with enduring relevance for the 21st century.

We argue that the best way to unlock the Bible’s ethical teaching on issues is by viewing early Israel as a paradigm. Rather than selecting principles in isolation, we should look carefully at the whole picture and how all the various parts relate together. And secondly, in exploring how to apply biblical laws today, we examine the underlying objective and seek to translate that into today’s context.

Thus the biblical social vision, crafted in the law, intended as a model for the nations, illustrated through the history of Israel, and affirmed by the teaching of Jesus and the apostles, provides us with a roadmap for navigating the economic, social and political challenges of the 21st Century.

The ‘Compass’ of Right Relationships:

compass 3Jesus provides the key to unlock the social purpose of the law and consequently the organising principle of the society it formed. He said the greatest commandment is to love God wholeheartedly and to love other people as ourselves – adding that the entire Law and Prophets hang on these two commands (Matt. 22:38-40).

God’s central concern is therefore love – which is expressed in the quality of relationships. The Bible shows us how God defines loving relationships in all areas of life: first in terms of worshipping God, then between parents and children, borrowers and lenders, rulers and citizens, locals and foreigners, employers and workers, sick people and the healthy, etc.

This relational compass can help point us in the right direction as we seek wisdom to grapple with personal, organisational or public policy dilemmas. The language of relationships also provides a better category of thinking for talking about the gospel.

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Category: Newcomers

February, 2014

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