Monday, April 8, 2013

Advocacy as a Means of Grace

John Wesley did not mention advocacy in his lists of the means of grace. He was an advocate against the slave trade and war, so Methodist advocates can point to Wesley's lived example as precedent. However, his doctrinal writings do not suggest that activism against social injustice can serve as a channel that communicates grace to the soul. I am considering advocacy as a prudential means of grace.  Wesley's examples of prudential means are all methods of exercising stewardship, and advocacy certainly fits in that category.