- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (August 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830857206
- ISBN-13: 978-0830857203
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the Side of the Angels: Justice, Human Rights, and Kingdom Mission Paperback – August 9, 2007
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"This book is a call to action for a slumbering bride. To love each other as Christ loved us is a high calling indeed - one that requires a worldview large enough to act with truth and love. Joseph's words continue to pull all of us towards the only appropriate response, sounding the alarm for love in action. As I read these words, I am aware of the need for change." -- Jon Foreman, lead vocalist of Switchfoot "Joseph D'Souza is well aware of the predicament of the Dalits, some of the most impoverished, underprivileged people in the world. And convinced as he is that our God is committed to justice and righteousness, he has involved himself deeply in the cause of these people, and equally convinced that our Saviour loves them, he has led a powerful, effective movement taking the gospel, love, and holistic ministry to them." -- Stuart Briscoe, Elmbrook Church, Wisconsin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joseph D'Souza is president of The All India Christian Council, international president of the Dalit Freedom Network, and associate international director of Operation Mobilization International. D'Souza is the author of Dalit Freedom:Now and Forever and lives in Hyderabad, India.
Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist and journalist. He works for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and specializes in Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He is a trustee of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust and author of A Land Without Evil.
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The two authors bring an entirely refreshed view of the Kingdom of God as it is lived out amongst the marginalized, the poor, the oppressed and more. Filled with recent (and historical) stories from Apostle Paul, to William Wilberforce, to present day martyrs and advocates this book is one I could not put down. I read it in one day...not because it is a simplistic book. No, far from that. The application of ever page could entail giving of one's own life in persecution and death. But the depth of the message is contagious. It touches the nerves of every Christian who has wanted to see the Church develop a positive, life-changing, activist worldview. This book delivers....and it delivers with such passion (and a great resource in the Appendix) that the reader has no other option but to weigh the personal costs of living these biblical teachings in their daily life.
Admittedly, most readers are thousands of miles away from the persecution in Darfur, East Timor, the Middle East, among the Dalits and more. But the authors do not allow that to be an excuse for simple inaction, in fact, they even call us to consider going abroad and unfurling our banners of protest in countries around the world. I know, this sounds like militant marching and political answers to spiritual problems. Yet, dare we say that we should not live out the Sermon on the Mount? Dare we tell the Dalits that we are too busy to care for their caste? Dare we ignore page upon page of Holy Scripture that drives us to care with justice, mercy and humility?
All Christians can benefit from every page of this book. Some, who seriously activate each idea may wind up losing their life. But in death, have we not gained all that we hope for?
Mainline evangelicals will find much in this book to ignore...but to ignore the teachings is to ignore and compartmentalize the teachings of Jesus into "easy" and "hard." We are called to live a life that is not worthy of this world and taking the "side of the angels" is the strong statement that describes the road that narrow and hard is the way...that leads to life. Especially when it means life for the down-trodden, lost, hurting, slaves, sex-trafficked, and more. I have met pastors in my own town that did not want the word "justice" to ring out from their own pulpit, and sadly these churches are happy to spend every dime and every ounce of energy on luxury, self, and personal gratification.
This book is a call to a revolution in thinking. I highly recommend this book alongside the compendium book "Justice, Mercy, and Humility" Tim Chester (ed).