Life is short. This last week another friend lost his father. Helen recently lost her mother. I am at that age where that happens more often. Death forces you to confront life. I think it requires you to ask if there is a God and if so what does He actually require of you?
God actually requires justice
Many people struggle with God’s will. We want neon signs. But God already told us what was good and what the Lord requires of us: “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” Mic. 6:8.
What if we actually believed that? What would it look like to live everyday life doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with God? Honestly we want to have that conversation with you at Restore 117 on June 8, 9 at Judson University. Imagine with me.
What if businesses had justice as part of their portfolio?
Business is one of the greatest drivers in America. People work. In Hebrew the word for work is Avodah. We think avocation. But in Hebrew the word means worship. What if our work could be a form of worship? What if our work could advance God’s call to do justice? The Bible’s view of work and worship is of service to God and that is always connected to service to others, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Maybe we should rethink our work. We spend most of our time working but are we working as unto the Lord? Not just in being ethical, but in doing justice? What does justice in the marketplace look like? Join David Dillon, Mary Ann Mings, Earl Seals and Joe Abraham as they explore the question. Join Joe Abraham and LaVon Koerner as they explore what a justice portfolio might look like. Think differently. Explore how you might actually do justice right where you are in the marketplace.
What if churches did justice?
This will sound odd but churches aren’t always humble. In fact the history of the church is one of allowing pride to creep in and create a movement of protestors that became Protestants. We fracture all the time. What if the church could be kind to one another and work together for the greater objects of the Kingdom? Could we unite around God’s heart for justice for the poor and vulnerable? What if we did justice in practical ways that caused the world to take notice?
There are over 384,000 churches in America and less than one tenth of one percent are involved in legal ministry for the poor. Why? God placed the church in a community with legal needs. God placed people in the church who can serve. Why not be the body of Christ in the community? Join me at Restore 117 as we visit a church legal ministry and dream about what could be possible at no cost in your community.
Concerned justice lovers
Whether you are a lawyer or someone who cares deeply about the lack of justice, enter the conversation at Restore 117. If your heart burns knowing we rank 94th out of 113 nations in the world for providing affordable access to justice, then let’s explore how to change that. Does it bother you that every second in America someone is turned away from legal services because they don’t have money? Let’s talk.
The news bombards you with issues of race, sex, immigration, poverty, incarceration, trafficking and you get overwhelmed. You know the Lord wants you to do justice, but where do you start? Start at Restore 117 and join others doing and exploring justice together.
Justice is done best in community. So bring a group and save. Prices go up May 15 so join the conversation now. Your voice matters. Please share your voice with others as we worship, pray, and wrestle through practical justice issues. Let’s answer God’s call to do justice.