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.
Articles – Justice
Articles that address justice.
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?”
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.”
Associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary W. David O. Taylor says all that we need to do to learn about justice and the Bible is to open the book of Psalms. In the book we can learn what Biblical justice is, who should pursue justice and what justice looks like.
From the four gospels to Isaiah to Micah and more, the Bible paints a clear picture that Christians should pursue justice, not just with words, but with action. These actions can help repair the credibility of the church while helping marginalized groups in addition to serving as a witness to the power of the Gospel.
Professor and department head of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Michael O. Emerson writes about Christians who get so caught up in social justice/injustice that they abandon Christianity. Emerson says that the means and the ends matter and that divorcing Jesus from justice ultimately leads to failure and frustration.
In a compelling and exhaustive article American theologian and pastor Timothy Keller critiques four secular justice theories through a Biblical lens and provides the reasons why Biblical justice provides the most comprehensive way to address all justice concerns.