We all believe in justice.
I wonder, though, if we all agree on what it means to “seek justice.” In this highly-charged political environment, even this notion has become divisive. A recent Facebook post about justice elicited a comment — from a friend — about “social justice BS.”
In scripture, justice is primarily a relational concept. It involves living in right relationship with God, with others, and with myself. And since those relationships are broken, we’re called to seek justice — to do our best to set things right.
When the Jewish leaders tested Jesus with the question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He didn’t discuss offerings or theology or rules.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Then He added this stunning summary.
“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So according to Jesus, seeking justice — seeking right relationships with God, others, and myself — is the central principle on which all of scripture depends.
We cycle to bring hope and freedom to kids rescued from human trafficking.
We don’t do it because it’s fun. Or because it makes us feel good. Or because a great community has come together around the FREEDOM TOUR. All that stuff is true, but it’s not the reason we do it.
We do it because those kids are victims of injustice…they were unable to live and grow in the freedom God intended for them. We’re told, as followers of Jesus, to do what we can to make things right.
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Please join Becky and me in helping these kids continue to know the possibilities of a life of hope.