SUMMARY: Justice seems to be a universal term. A term that everyone knows and that is generally agreed upon. But, since most Christians have not been discipled in Biblical justice we bring in non-Biblical definitions and assumptions when discussing justice. To learn about Biblical justice pastor Thabiti Anyabwile suggests that we must first have a heart check. This is part of a superb eight-part series.
KEY QUOTE: “If we think for a moment, chances are we’ve never had any systematic teaching on biblical justice at any point in our Christian lives. We’ve heard sermons here or there. Perhaps we’ve read a book and that got us closer. So it’s possible we’ve taken for granted that our political positions (and that of our church leaders) is approximately “just.” Or we’ve bumped into skirmishes on social media that exposed us to a “side” or two. But slow systematic instruction from the whole Bible on the theme of justice has not been the experience of most Bible-believing Christians.”
DID YOU KNOW? We have distilled the media we have curated into four guided learning paths to help you learn about justice in your preferred learning style.
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From feeding people in their local communities to walking with protestors to listening and learning from members of the community here are what five pastors are doing in their neighborhoods to address racial injustice. All of these examples can be done in your local community – but first slow down and pray.Keep reading
A comprehensive history of the terms justice, social justice and biblical justice. On the technical side, but if you just want the facts then this is an excellent starting point. If you would like a different writing style, but similar content try Tim Keller’s “What is Biblical Justice?”Keep reading
In an excerpt from Tim Keller’s book, Generous Justice, he explains that biblical justice consists of two Hebrew words – mishpat (to treat people equitably) and tzadeqah (a life of right relationships) – and when those two words are brought together in today’s terms it would be called social justice. If you would like a different writing style, but similar content try Joe Carter’s “The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Social Justice.”Keep reading