Role of Christian Youth

1759 WordsJun 10, 20128 Pages
The Role of Christian Youth in Nation Building National Identity The notion of nation-building presupposes that the nation itself is in need of building; or rebuilding, in some cases. The term nation-building in its original sense referred to newly-independent nations in Africa to reshape colonial territories that had been carved out by colonial powers without regard to ethnic or other boundaries. This would later include the creation of paraphernalia such as flags, national anthems, national days, national languages and so on. At the heart of this lay the deep-rooted need to search for a national identity. For many Asian countries bar a few, this was certainly the case. Countries like Malaysia and Singapore (then Malaya),…show more content…
However, one should brace for disagreements as to how these values should be in praxis terms, and open dialogue should be encouraged in resolving these differences. Aside from what we can explore based on the Scripture, there are fundamental principles that we can refer to when exploring the need for social justice. The Catholic Church has been working at issues of social justice for many years, the Jesuit order specifically tasked with this very responsibility and role. In 1963, Pope John the 23rd issued one of the most famous encyclicals called Pacem In Terris, or in English, “On Establishing Universal Peace in Truth, Justice, Charity, and Liberty”. This document clearly sets the basis upon which justice is grounded, laying the premises that God created all men equal, and as such he has rights and duties that are universal, inviolable and inalienable. Therefore, man has economic, political, cultural, and moral rights and duties. In detail, “man has the right to live, to bodily integrity, to the means necessary for development of life, to be respected, to worship God according to one’s conscience, to choose freely one’s state in life, (and) to freely meet and associate.” (sic) It further states, “All men are equal in natural dignity, and … no form of approval is being given to racial discrimination… and the possession of rights involves recognition and respect by other people”. Many of such statements ring similar to those contained
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