The Lord loves justice (Ps. 33:5). He challenges us, “Listen you leaders. Should you not embrace justice?” (Mic. 3:1)
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isa. 1:17) That is God’s call to us. How do we answer? Here are three ways to answer God’s call for justice.
First, enter the conversation.
God’s word has a lot to say about justice. “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.” (Ex. 23:6)
“Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.” (Am. 5:15) “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Prov. 31:8-9)
Many verses deal directly with our court system. We are to ensure fairness for everyone in court. But that doesn’t happen. Every second someone is turned away from legal help in America because they cannot afford an attorney. How can you be part of God’s justice work in our justice system? One way is to enter a conversation at Restore 117 at Judson University this weekend, June 8-9. On Friday, Chris Purnell will guide us through what God’s word says about justice. Chris is a lawyer who leads the largest legal ministry in America, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. LaVon Koerner will demonstrate God’s love of justice and love for us as He rescues us so we can rescue others. Harvey Carey will inspire us to see the restorative nature of justice. Harvey is a frequent Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit Speaker. He will inspire you to action.
If you are only available Friday, you can now register for Friday only.
Second, don’t sit this one out.
Justice isn’t optional. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8). Jesus warned the Pharisees and teachers of the law not to neglect justice (Mt. 23:23). But what does that look like?
Maybe we start by concerning ourselves with what concerns God. “I will come to put you on trial, says the Lord Almighty. I will be quick to testify against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice.” (Mal. 3:5)
Find out what that means in America today on Saturday, June 9 at Restore 117. Workshops will dive into labor trafficking but also on how to do justice in the marketplace. Examine oppression of the vulnerable in our court system and in our workplaces. Hear Joe Abraham speak on how we can lead in justice and Michelle Warren speak on how we do justice through loving neighbors. Joe is a powerful Ted Talk speaker and best seller. Michelle is a strong advocate for education, criminal and immigrant justice reform. She is a frequent speaker and author. And join me as I demonstrate the critical need for prayer in justice. We need to have a conversation with each other, but no conversation is complete without talking with God.
“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice and quickly.” (Lk. 18:7) That is the justice cry.
If you can only join us on Saturday, register now.
Third, involve others
No one does justice alone. We live in a world that claims to be more connected than ever through technology. Yet the reality is we may be lonelier and more isolated now than ever before. We need one another. One of the best ways to advance God’s heart for justice is by serving with your friends or family. Bring them to Restore 117 so you have a common framework for discussion.
Continue the conversation in your community. We live in a busy world. Don’t glance at the phone and fail to recognize the number. God is calling. Will you answer?
One great way is to attend Restore 117. We hope to see you there.