Deprivation thesis

The main argument of this imaginary thesis would be that a political system like ours incorporates corruption into its operations as a condition for its maintenance. In short, corruption is functional to the system. The system’s default is to reproduce itself. Nothing will compel it to change except persistent pressure from outside the system. If the other institutional systems—the mass media, the Church, the economic system, the law, etc.—can generate enough noise and irritation over its performance, the political system will have no choice but to pause, reflect and reform.

In Philippians 2, Paul exhorts the church at Philippi to unity as he repeats a single word:  any. "If there is any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy," he writes, "complete my joy by being of same mind, having the same love, being of one accord and of one mind" ( Phil. 2:1 ). Davis discovered in this word that even the smallest amount of God's grace is evidence enough to move forward, to be confident in faith, to do the work of ministry. Realizing Christ is already in the valley alongside him, Davis understood the onus wasn't on him to have some spectacular experience. Recognizing God's work, Davis has reflected God's grace ever since.

Deprivation thesis

deprivation thesis


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