The Presbyterian Church (USA) has recently added the Confession of Belhar to its Book of Confessions. It came to us from the church in South Africa, written during apartheid. During this advent, we remember that Jesus was born to a family living on the margin of society. This confession was written by people living on the margins of society. It speaks of hope, unity, justice, and reconciliation.
Rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord is the Maker of them all.
Text from the Belhar Confession:
Any teaching which attempts to legitimate such forced separation by appeal to the Gospel and is not prepared to venture on the road to obedience and reconciliation…denies in advance of the reconciling power of the gospel.
NOTE: I’m following the Advent devotional booklet published by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.