Over hundreds of years and the entanglement of church and state American Christians have lost their prophetic and Biblical voice when it comes to justice and punishment. Pastor Dominque DuBoise Gilliard tells the history of incarceration and the churches role and theological posture – both good and bad – with incarceration in the United States before tracing the history of Christian’s views on criminals and crime to retributive justice that is at odds with the Bible.
All of the resources that address justice. Visit our curated list on jutice for our top resources.
What does it mean to do justice? Is justice a primary concern in the Bible? Can we separate justice and evangelism? What characteristics should make Christians unique and distinct in the world? Pastor Tim Keller answers those questions and more in a thorough explanation of Biblical justice while making the case that justice and the pursuit of justice is a primary concern of the Bible and Jesus’ ministry on earth.
A four part series, including a question and answer session, that takes a theological deep dive into Biblical justice. The 193 total minutes are not for the faint of heart, but if you can make it through you will have a thorough understanding of Biblical justice.
In a pluralistic society many people have different ideas and definitions of justice. Christians must be aware of that reality. We must also be aware that justice is a unique, Biblical based concept rooted in the image of God. So, whenever we are talking about racial justice, social justice or any other type of justice, as Christians we must always be looking at justice and all its forms through a Biblical lens. This lens, rooted in the Bible, is crystal clear that we must pursue a just society that meets both the physical and the spiritual needs of all people, not just Christians.
Senior vice president at National Religious Broadcasters Daniel Darling and attorney and political strategist Justin Giboney knock it out of the park in what is one of the best 25-minute podcasts of all time. From the need for truth and love in politics to tribalism to human dignity to why institutions are important Giboney and Darling clearly articulate a distinct, unique vision for a Christian who is engaged in politics and pursuing justice.
The Bible is full of calls for justice — Isaiah 1, Micah 6, Matthew 25 and Amos 5 are just a few examples. Unfortunately the term social justice has taken on many definitions causing confusion and arguments between people. Pastor Tim Shorey of Risen Hope Church (Drexel Hill, PA) argues that Christians need to use the term Biblical justice which he defines as, “giving all image bearers of God their due.”
For the most part Christians do not know what God’s righteousness is. We tend to lean heavily on private justice (the king without the kingdom) or public justice (the kingdom without the king), but an equal blend of both is needed for God’s righteousness.
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.
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.
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?”