Almighty God, who has created man in thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.– The Book of Common Prayer
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 different writing style, but the 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.
Human dignity is one the major themes that flows throughout Compassion (&) Conviction. Humans are created in the image of God and that is what Christians should build their framework around for political engagement. Not a political party, not a tribe and not an ideology.
A true story about America’s criminal justice system and how it treats people of color, the poor, the wrongly convicted, and the wrongly condemned. The material is heavy, but the author is hopeful despite his years of seeing terrible injustice.
In less than 70 pages Chris Marshall, with plenty of scriptural evidence, says that justice is a central theme of the Bible and it is how God relates to the world.
Knitting his personal family’s history with the establishment of the Equal Justice Initiative and the history of slavery and segregation Bryan Stevenson makes a strong case that America – its people and its institutions – need to learn and recognize the legacy of lynching, segregation and slavery and it’s far reaching effects to move towards reconciliation.
A movie based on the true story told in the book, “Just Mercy.” It tells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael Jordan), who works to overturn the wrongful conviction of a Black American man named Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx).
Detailing the origins and the evolution of their political ideologies hosts Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns discuss that as Christians we must be nuanced with our political involvement and, regardless of the party, we must prioritize the poor and the oppressed. Those that grew up in a predominately white church or private school will identify with Burns’ story.
A call to the church to get involved in civic matters by bearing witness, preparing for action, supporting and partnering with institutions, focusing on criminal justice elections, engaging with elected officials, advocating for policy change and helping low income churches.
In an enlightening, information packed one hour episode Jude 3 podcast host Lisa Fields asks Vanna Cure, a manager for Prosperity Now, and Justin Giboney, founder of the AND campaign, the next steps after protesting.
Most Christians fall into two camps – one champions justice but not justification while the other prizes justice but not justification. Theologian Tim Keller argues that justice and the doctrine of justification should work hand in hand.
Ever wondered how a local church can affect local legislation? The Ordinance tells the story of faith leaders from several denominations uniting to change the predatory lending of payday loan companies in Texas.
Professor Tim Mackie of Western Seminary narrates a quick sub-6 minute visually appealing video detailing the origin and nuances of justice according to the Bible.