Living, loving and fighting
Living, loving and fighting
12 September 2017
“Wherever there is hardship or injustice, Salvos will live, love and fight alongside others to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus” - National Vision Statement
Our last Australia One article, in the August issue of others, looked at the first line of our National Vision Statement – “Wherever there is hardship or injustice”.
We explored what it meant to truly seek out hardship or injustice, and the way that this line calls us to go and seek out the places where hardship or injustice exist and, as experts in our community, fight for justice and bring the Kingdom of God to Earth.
After exploring where it is we need to focus our attention, the second line of the Vision unites us as Salvos as we promise to live, love and fight.
There is a fascinating section of the salvationarmy.org.au website that explores the history and heritage of The Salvation Army in Australia.
On a page titled “A Century of Care” you can explore a 100-year history of The Salvation Army in Australia that begins with “The Birth of our Nation”. The article then takes us through this history, decade by decade, under the headings: Soldiers of the Cross; Men, Money & Markets; Hard Times; The World at War; The Boom Years; New Challenges; A Decade of Disaster; Boom and Bust; Legacies of Change; and Preparing for our Future.
Each decade is marked by a theme unique to that time, yet there is one constant throughout each of them – we as Salvos are living, loving and fighting.
Wherever you look through these chapters of Australian history, you can see Salvos living among everyday people, sharing the love of Jesus with them, and fighting for them.
But who are “Salvos”? Is a Salvo a Salvation Army officer, a chaplain or a soldier? Is a Salvo a member of our congregations, somebody who volunteers at an outreach centre or an employee working at Territorial Headquarters, in our divisions or at one of our centres?
The answer is simple – we are all Salvos. One need only look to our rich history and the wide variety of settings across our country where you might find the iconic “Red Shield” to realise that the definition of a Salvo is as vast and wide as is our great country itself.
Some Salvos wear a uniform, some have an official rank, some volunteer once a week at the local Salvos Stores, and some might not have particular role or “job to do” but just know they belong here with us, as one of us.
The “Century of Care” web page finishes with a look towards our future, and this is perhaps the most exciting chapter of The Salvation Army’s history in Australia – the chapter that hasn’t been written yet.
As the vision for our future unfolds, it’s clear that wherever you look, there will be Salvos, seeking out hardship and injustice, and living, loving and fighting.
Ben Ward is the Communications Manager for the Australia One Program Office.