As a consequence of the bipolar tension between theory and practice, experience
(considered in the South African context) influences the church's reflection on
Practical Theology. Insight into the economic system of the Mediterranean world
helps us to understand the complexities involved in positioning poverty, as well as
the role of the New Testament faith community in its interaction with the poor.
The social system in the ancient world, within which poverty was encountered,
cautions us against taking a simplistic view of the poor. We cannot duplicate
social systems and impose them on current situations. The New Testament, which
is set against a particular system, speaks of the Kingdom of God as a place where
the poor must be cared for. The New Testament (especially the Gospel of John)
lets us understand that a church, which has a family orientation as its basis,
should provide a home for the poor.
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