WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO DO JUSTICE?
For some, the concept of justice may not be the first thought when it comes to walking with Jesus but scripture is clear: God has declared what is right. His perfection and righteousness sets the standard of law and truth that our humanity falls short of completely; and yet, He is the perfect judge. Enacting justice in the ways of Jesus means we call for clarification for what is right in an evangelistic way, just like Him.
Part of doing justice means if someone does not know something is wrong, we lift our voice on behalf of the vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized. Our world tends to pick and choose various pieces of justice we see fit to rally behind but we must remain God-centered, calling people to awaken from their sleep and know injustice is real. God-centered people push for God’s standard in calling what is “just” and “unjust”.
If the Church doesn’t provide a voice of justice from heaven, there is always an enemy speaking a substitute from hell. God’s people need to own the justice conversation. Things always get twisted when the people who know the Judge recuse themselves from the justice dialogue in court of public thought.
The second aspect looks like mobilizing human attention, moving people to be moved by the ways of God. This means, we pray a justice prayer. We ask for the ways, laws, and actions of earth to reflect the will of God and the righteous ways of heaven. We recognize there will be push back from groups on both sides and still we side with Him and His set example. Anywhere there is darkness or shadows, we are to bring light. This is not an auxiliary or optional call; it is in our very core DNA as children of God to respond as the Father would. We respond with our words, money, actions, attention, and all of the above to shine light on the unjust shadows of our fallen world.
WHAT NEXT? HERE ARE TANGIBLES:
- GET GOD’S HEART FOR JUSTICE
- Immerse yourself in scriptures about why He cares for this.
- “The Rock, His work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
- “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalm 89:14).
- “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17)
- Pray for Heaven to come on Earth
- See what causes + disparities exist on Earth you are assigned to prick your heart and ask what God would have you do.
- SEE WHAT HIS JUSTICE MOTIVATES YOU TO DO
- If its academic disparities, go tutor.
- If it’s the fatherless, consider adoption or foster care.
- If it’s the widow or elderly, consider serving at a senior care center.
- Racial reconciliation
- Economic disparity
- Vulnerable + sick
- Local + international
- Prison ministry
- BOOKS TO READ ON JUSTICE
- Let Justice Roll Down
- Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
- The Locust Effect
- Just Mercy
- Generous Justice
- The New Jim Crow
- MOVIES TO WATCH
- Just Mercy.
- When They See Us.
- The Storm Makers.
- DEMAND ACTION FROM YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
Find your representative, see where they stand, and advocate for action for police reform.
- TAKE AN IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION SELF-ASSESSMENT
Pray about your results and then consider discussing them with a trusted friend or mentor.
- PARTNER WITH “HOT ORGANIZATION” FOR JUSTICE
It’s my personal burden to see missions in terms of a sliding scale from casual to urgent. While we support many missional efforts locally and internationally, there is a certain distinction on my heart to care for the needs carrying greater urgency. These are the causes of global poverty and unreached people groups where we give our main voice to the people and organizations impacting the outsiders and outliers of the mission world.