A Theology Of Advocacy

So I’ve been thinking about advocacy a lot lately from a Christian theological perspective, particularly a pneumatological perspective. In the gospel of John, chapter 14, it says the Holy Spirit is the advocate which means that the Holy Spirit is called to our side, to aid. The Holy Spirit is our intercessor, our defender. The Holy Spirit is the one that pleads on our behalf.

A Christian theology of advocacy begins when one is empowered by the Holy Spirit to stand beside and intercede and defend on behalf of the other. Intercession in relation to advocacy requires urgency. Persistence and insistence are the work of the Holy Spirit.

And if the Holy Spirit is divine breath then the Holy Spirit breathes a new reality into existence through her advocacy. This breath is the breath that we breathe out into the world.

  1. In your own words, what is advocacy?
  2. When was a time you experienced someone as your advocate? When was a time when you advocated on behalf of someone else?

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Written & spoken by Jes Kast-Keat
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  • I experience advocacy every time I go to a protest or a march. I find myself standing beside others, advocating on their behalf, and see others doing the same. As a white, straight, cisgender man, it is my duty to show up. Anything less is a misuse of my privilege. And along the way as we all show up, we find God showing up – advocating – with us.