Matthew 25

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” 

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus calls us to serve with and for “the least of these” as people who are deeply loved by Jesus. The Presbyterian Church (USA) aims to multiply this loving commitment to fearless discipleship by partnering with mid councils and congregations to help them embrace the Matthew 25 vision.

In Fall 2020, Pennington Presbyterian Church accepted the invitation to become a Matthew 25 congregation. This means we have committed to two areas of focus from PC(USA):

  • Eradicating systemic poverty by acting on our beliefs and working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.

  • Dismantling structural racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.

We aim for Matthew 25 to become foundational for Pennington Presbyterian, shaping and guiding who we are as described in our Identity Statement: “an inclusive, Christ-centered community, growing in our faith, demonstrating and sharing in God’s transforming love, serving our neighbors and the world.” There is a place and a role for everyone at Pennington Presbyterian under the banner of Matthew 25.

We will continue to support our programs of food for the hungry (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Arm in Arm of Princeton and Trenton), clean water for the thirsty (Living Waters for the World), clothing for those without (HomeFront), and abundant love for those who find themselves on the fringe of society (Rescue Mission of Trenton). In addition, we will challenge ourselves to deepen our existing work and seek ways to change the underlying structures of poverty and racism.

The injustices and suffering experienced by people around the world who are marginalized and lack the most basic needs are daunting. But through Matthew 25, we join hundreds of other PC(USA) congregations committed to this vision. We will also join hands with neighbors, community partners, elected officials and other caring and committed people. Together, we will continue the mission and ministry of Jesus in the church and in the world.