Justice and mercy always need to travel together. When they don't our gospel has a hole in it. This curriculum will help churches explore how to marry the two and make their evangelism more effective and give God greater glory.
Seek Social Justice: Foretastes of Heaven
By Mark Earley
March 5, 2010
Want a foretaste of heaven? Love your neighbor and seek justice. Find out wh
atit’s all about.
When you hear the term “social justice,” wh
atcomes to mind? Perhaps for you these words are intertwined with the social gospel movement th atemphasized good deeds without the power of the Gospel. Well, if th at’s the case, it’s time to revisit social justice, and I’m thrilled to tell you about a new resource, which is going to be a tremendous help for you and your church.
The Heritage Found
ation and the Richard and for Religion and Civil Society have worked to cre Helen DeVos Center ate a six-part video small-group study called Seek Social Justice. The study fe atures an all-star cast: Marvin Olasky of World Magazine, Al Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sean Litton of the Intern ational Justice Mission, and our own Chuck Colson, to name only a few. Still better, the videos and the curriculum are available completely free online.
In this series, you’ll hear th
atsocial justice is no small concept. It’s about “shalom”—man atpeace with God, his fellow human beings, and cre ation. Or as Marvin Olasky puts it: “It’s about human flourishing. The sum total of millions of acts of rel ational justice.”
The curriculum emphasizes th
atpoverty isn’t simply limited to physical poverty, but also encompasses spiritual poverty. Broken rel ationships, both with God and with family, are often atthe heart of the m atter. But how can broken rel ationships be restored? And better yet, how can we prevent brokenness in the first place?
The second lesson in this six-part series shows an inspiring example of how one Christian couple reaching out to another struggling family transformed everyone involved. It also underscores the surprising role th
ata healthy marriage and personal friendship can play in seeking social justice.
In the third lesson, we see how the local church can be involved in the work of social justice. It offers a dynamic example of how one Baptist church in
, is transforming their community through the holistic evangelistic outreach of their social justice ministry. Leesburg, Florida
In lesson four, the curriculum explores something we know all too well here
atPrison Fellowship: how important a job is to providing dignity and a future for the least of these. For prisoners, it can be the difference between a successful transition to the outside and the revolving door. And in this part of the curriculum, we see th ata key dimension of human well-being is the freedom and ability to work, to earn, and to give.
Finally, a lot of confusion about social justice stems from misunderstanding roles and responsibilities. Who is responsible for bringing social justice? The government? The church? The individual? Lesson five shows th
atgovernment plays an important role in a just society, but it doesn’t bear the only—or even primary—responsibility for justice.
Through the story of a victim of human trafficking, you’ll be able to see wh
atgovernment does well and wh atit should leave to the other spheres of society.
I want to encourage you to visit us
atBreakPoint.org to find out how you can use this wonderful curriculum. As one comment ator in the video says, social justice is “the activity of Christians who are yanking foretastes of the kingdom of heaven into reality.”
at’s something we should all want to be a part of.Copyright (c) 2009 Prison Fellowship