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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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4.1 Witnessing Beyond – the Christian Metanarrative hermeneutics as a way of humanizing the world The ‘radical nature’ of Christ spells a hermeneutical meaning for the human soci- ety. Thus, “though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he hum- bled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:6 – 8). Accordingly, The Old Testament law of love of God and neighbor was central for him, and he gave a new and wider interpretation of it. The Ten Commandments, a norm of Christian morality today, is an inheritance from the Old Testament. But Jesus did something new: He revealed the intimate bond between God and humanity that transcends all laws. This may be said to char- acterize Jesus’ approach to evangelization.44 Thus this ‘radicalism’ so to say has a meaning and an involvement with and for the human society. Clearly seen in this light the nature of Christ serves to under- line the extent to which God would go to identify himself with humankind in the totality of human circumstances.45 Thus in the personality of Jesus Christ we see a constant call for faith answering to concrete action – “Give them something to eat!”(Mk 6:37); “Go sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor, and then come, follow me”(Lk18, 22).46 This...

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