Discussion on “Proclamation”
By Chris Sugden
For all the emphasis and investment by the church on development and justice, the development of communities of Christian faith is seen as neither a result nor an expression of Christian action for development and justice. The establishment
and growth of a Christian community is not seen as central to bringing about development or justice. Rather the church is regularly subverted and neutered by the development movement and sometimes Christians collude in this.
Some Christians accept partnership and involvement on the basis of value-based development. But values do not exist in isolation in the abstract. They inhere in people, actions and relationships. They need to be grounded in the truth about
humanity and the world. For Christian faith this truth is not abstract. It is found in a person in history, Jesus, in a relationship with him, and in belief in his active involvement in the world through his Spirit.