The Revolution of Love from Bethlehem to the Ends of the Earthâ€”From the heart of Bethlehem, from the heart of occupied land, comes a theology to shake the worldâ€”a theology of hope, peace and justice.
Legendary singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt has traveled the globe, hearing the echoes of God on the margins of society and in the cracks of the world's empires. Along with his justice-seeking organization the Amos Trust, he has seen the plight of the street children of South Africa, the Dalit community in India, the underprivileged in Nicaragua and Palestinians in the heart of international conflict in the Holy Land. Here he collects those echoes into a unified voice, calling for the Prince of Peace to reign from Bethlehem to the ends of the earth.
Laying out a "Bethlehem theology" for justice and reconciliation that emerges out of the story of Jesus' prophesied birth, Occupied Territories demonstrates itself in action in the present. Recounting stories from a network of community projects around the world, Hewitt raises awareness of and provides support for those working toward liberation, addressing the root causes of injustice and poverty. A lifestyle of justice is an integral part of the Bible message, as Christians seek to stand up to skewed power systems, racial tensions and our own biases.
As Christ-followers in the Kingdom of God, we are to stand with confidence on issues of human rights and justiceâ€”we are people of hope because there is a gospel of hope. Let us model what a community of justice may look like as we face the forces of domination with the light and lifestyle of this gospel.
"I have long been a fan of Garth Hewitt's music, a bracing folk-rock soundâ€”delivered with a passionate, gritty voiceâ€”and uncompromising lyrics that challenge many of our comfortable notions about what really matters most. He brings this same road-tested passion to "Occupied Territories" as he calls Christians to rethink their priorities and embrace God's call to work for justice as an outpouring of love. I think you'll be as inspired and challenged as I was." â€”Terry Glaspey, author of Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis
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