Original Research - Special Collection: Public Discourse

Is prophetic witness the appropriate mode of public discourse on the global economy?

Maake J. Masango
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a772 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.772 | © 2010 Maake J. Masango | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 November 2009 | Published: 08 October 2010

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Maake J. Masango, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article critically addressed various aspects of prophetic ministry and its impact on public life, especially within the context of the global village. Prophetic ministry was shaped by Jesus’ prophetic role in his own ministry, which was portrayed in language by Luke, who wrote that Jesus began his ministry by saying: ‘The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to captives, and recovery of sight to blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed’ (Lk 4:18). These words open up a way of challenging ministers in engaging in prophetic ministry in the public arena. Prophets always address injustices that isolate and destroy God’s image in others. In other words, the role of prophetic ministry becomes an important element that needs to be addressed, especially with regard to the economic structures that oppress the poor in the global village of today. This kind of ministry also focuses on the often unheard voice of the oppressed. Finally, the main question that this article posed was whether prophets can play an important role in today’s community.


liberation; marginalisation healing; oppression; prophets; suffering


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