@Jeff – we did not get to this question specifically on that Sunday morning as we were discussing a specific issue falling under the umbrella of social justice.
I’d like to address your specific question here. Realizing that I don’t have a brief, 1-2 sentence answer, this could be better to discuss in person so if you’d like, please grab me on a Sunday and I can flesh this out a little more and answer any further questions you have or nuances you might be looking for.
When we seek to understand “social justice” from a biblical worldview, first we should acknowledge that the word ‘justice’ implies a foundational truth involving treating all people equitably. In other words, it involves seeking the same punishment, reward or rights for people despite things like class, race, ethnicity, privilege etc.
Secondly, God’s Word is the foundation for our ideals of justice.
Third, the Bible repeatedly identifies four people groups as those whom we should seek to show justice too: widows, orphans, poor, and the alien (which we might call immigrants). Helpfully, we can think categorically here of the disadvantaged, underprivileged, and even socially marginal—those whom, in a broken and fallen world, tend to experience life unjustly. Today, we might include in this realm single moms, the fatherless, refugees, those on the receiving end of racism, as well as others.
Lastly, when we think biblically about social justice we are to see that the primary impetus of social justice lies with the individual. This is seen in the great commandment of loving our neighbor as ourself. Christians, then, as individuals, should be leading the way in this. This does not negate the good that organizations (or even governments) and such do; however, we should never be content with relying upon organizations and governments when the primary and most foundational responsibility lies with us as individuals.
Hope that’s helpful in some way, Jeff. Feel free to shoot back any clarifications needed or grab me on a Sunday to talk more.
The Everyday Church books have arrived and will be available for sale for $9 (cash or check) beginning this Sunday both before and after the worship gathering out in the lobby at the book table.
Per the original message, this is a book we’re hoping to get into everyone’s hands to read alongside the “Gospel Presence” series and will serve as the foundation for our discussions in Gospel Communities throughout this series.
See the original post here for more details.
Hey Terri – thanks for asking! Just sent you a direct message to chat
Todd E. Bumgarner
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Or volunteer to help if you can’t play!!!
Still needs LOTS of help in non-player roles.
Just a reminder for anyone desiring to have a child dedicated next Sunday, May 8th… the deadline for signing up is tomorrow (Saturday, the 29th). All other details are in the original post.
I will need to utilize childcare during the DNA class only this first session on Feb 7th. Two year old and 10 month old.
Sean – in order to live-stream it on your own, you’d need to sign-up and pay for that through their site (linked in the original post).
I do think it would be worth it to come just to the Saturday session. I don’t think the two sessions will be so interconnected that there would not be value in coming to just one of them if that’s all you’re able to make.