jesus and justicePosted by in smash-blog | December 29, 2020
Through what grid or framework to understand what all this stuff means?” So, let me just kind of throw those two things out for you guys and we’ll open up to the audience. But when that immigrant is standing in front of me, no matter who I lock eyeballs with, I am to share the love of Christ with that person. Other places, what does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? | Wikipedia Editors, Pingback: eNCA | Are Africa's 'men of God' preserving injustices against women? Essentially the justice of Jesus is about human relationships in the face of injustice and evil â where love for God and for the other (the oppressor and the evil doer) does not fail or fall in the face of injustice but reaches beyond that injustice to reclaim, to reconcile, and to restore a right relationship. And I’m sure there’s all sorts of invisible walls in my 99.9% white church that I don’t even see, but I just want to be aware of not putting them up unnecessarily. ( Log Out / I think James could be actually talking about justification before men when it comes to this passage. To those who think we shouldnât worry about working toward justice in the real worldâwho think none of that matters because we should only focus on the world beyondâthis Gospel passage is a rebuke. You have that person in front of you that needs love, and care, and compassion and the word of God. In announcing the Jubilee, he was threatening the wealth of the most powerful people in his country. I think most Christians could agree, if a law is not an unjust law, it shouldn’t be broken. False worship, authentic worship (Isa 29:9-16; 65:17-25), 3. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And the difficulty is the goalpost for justice continues to get moved. I said, “Well, wherever I think about them as nominees, that’s not a straight-line issue. How do I think about all the things that are going on? They still need to be challenged, but maybe in this particular season of life, the Lord is not calling them to the same thing that he’s calling you. And so, this passage then seems to suggest that faith and deeds kind of walk together when there’s genuineness. So, if I’m all about 100% on abortion, that means you need to be too. The good news about this story is that Jesus is giving us an insight into how justice will â¦ That’s right. 6. Now, none of that means unimportant, don’t talk about it. In the midst of these healings, the Pharisees challenge Jesus directly on our point.Â They confront Jesusâ followers.Â âWhy does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?âÂ Jesus hears this and responds: âThose who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.âÂ Then he makes a direct link with the message of the prophets, quoting Hosea 6:6ââGo and learn what this means, âI desire mercy, not sacrifice.âÂ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinnersâ (Matthew 9:11-13).Â The justice of God (Godâs response to wrong-doing) has to do with the logic of mercy, not the logic of retribution that requires violence to balance the moral scales. Jesus spoke of justice, he practiced justice, and he died for justice. Putting Restorative Justice into Practice, 9. DeYoung: And I think, you know, I really appreciate what all you guys are saying about calling, and gifting, and your thing may not be someone else’s thing. But at the same time, you’ll still find that those individuals end up crossing paths. Jesusâ proclamation followed the same logic.Â Jesus began his public ministry with a call to repent (Mark 1:15)âturn from injustice and alienation and turn toward life.Â The kingdom of God (the rule of God as presented in Torah of old) is present.Â And in this kingdom, God has special concern for the wellbeing of the vulnerable, the excluded, and oppressed (see also Lukeâs version of Jesusâ opening words in Luke 4). And I think there’s many of you out there who have the gifts, who have the means, who have the resources, who can do these things alongside the church. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. And then we have, to my left, brother Phillip Holmes, good friend who is the VP of Institutional Communications at Reformed Theological Seminary. Jus ad bellum), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (03. So, yes, the Good Samaritan is certainly a text that we ignore at our peril. So, I’ve just, in the last four weeks, finished teaching, kind of, an 18-week course, at our church, where I’m walking people through 2,000 years of history, including church history, language vocabulary, cultural training and, kind of, next steps or how-to’s when it comes to being engaged in this conversation. To his right, he speaks these words of righteous affirmation, these words of entrance. 12. And we’re talking about justice, and that’s good. Though the broader secular culture often talks about justice in terms of politics and social policy, Jesus talks about addressing the hurts of victims and the marginalized as an expression of love. That’s why we’re so scandalous, we get that. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not receive me, clothe me.” And, I’m going to answer you. In fact, âthe Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Sonâ (John 5:22). One of the reasons why especially, black people and white people can’t get along is because we see the world in two completely different ways. Man 5: Thank you, brothers. How do you keep yourself from becoming consciously or subconsciously apathetic towards the [inaudible] and trying to actually assign yourself proximity toward certain [inaudible], without also lacking care and [inaudible]. My wife and I, we’ve been having conversations about adopting for a long time. Sheep and goats. And they’re going to say to the Lord, “Lord, when did we see you naked? And this is, kind of, the classic, you know, separation of the sheep and goats. Salvation in the Prophets, Salvation in Jesus: Mercy not Retribution, 08. Is this right?” Amen. Probably good people that that really do because the difficulty is not so much in the abstract, okay? When we understand justice in the Old Testament in line with Amosâs message, we may easily see how Jesusâ ministry echoed what Amos meant when he equates justice with life-sustaining water in the desert. You have to go across the road, and he dies. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Like, those are core tenets. He is a part of a small group. Genuine faith brings true deeds. Jesus sets out his vocation for his earthly ministry in this small synagogue in Nazareth, and it includes a mission of comprehensive shalom-restoration, justice, for all of creation. Right? And there’s two things that I’ve found why we can’t answer these questions. The work of justice begins with prayer. We may not be disagreeing about the Bible getting us involved. But what James is doing, he’s actually talking about the horizontal relationship when it comes to holding people accountable in our lives. It’s, “How can I maximally glorify God?” So, we don’t want to justify ourselves and ask the same question the lawyer does. Introduction: An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness, 3. [An answer from 1976]. Follow the laws. When I run this morning down the trail across the river, and if I came across somebody who was panting on the ground, grabbing their neck and choking, I would have a moral obligation to help that person. That’s over there. We need to take… I think there’s a certain level of priority when it comes to… Going to Kevin’s point. No, but it does mean that we need to have some sense of caution as Christians and as the Church, that before we start doing this, we’re understanding, we may agree on the things that the Bible is saying. It was not seen as somehow unbiblical that a nation would have borders, and that the nation would welcome in certain persons and certain numbers. The particular question is, as you think about the young lady in our home who lives with us, what more should we do, to love her as our neighbor than just having her in our home? The second thing is let’s pastorally, take on this issue. Godâs son clarifies his healing vocation in face of temptations to fight injustice with coercion and violence.Â In rejecting these temptations, Jesus makes clear that genuine justice has not to do with punishing wrongdoers and a kind of holiness that cannot be in the presence of sin and evil.Â Rather, genuine justice enters directly into the world of sin and evil and seeks in the midst of that world to bring healing and transformationâa restoration of whole relationships. And so, you know, we see James used that, you’re not saved by faith but also about works. So, I do think there’s biblical precedent and a scriptural reality where the family of God becomes a place where we welcome, warmly, those who are either in fear of bodily danger, those who] have been exiled from their own country. It becomes, “Okay, now what do we do?” The situation you said, Jason, that the laws have been allowed. But, we’re somehow okay with wiping our hands of it and saying that it has absolutely nothing to do with us. You don’t really believe the gospel because, you’re not as passionate about this particular issue as I am. Then you’re looking at studies and then you’re figuring out, “Well, is this the war on drugs from the ’80s that is locking up people for lesser crimes and is it doing it, you know, locking up minorities at a higher rate than it is for whites?”, And then you got to look at a lot of criminal justice studies and sociological studies. If I pick up, you know, my phone and I toss it at Jason. What the War cost), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (05. Â This witness finds expression in the lives of those who do turn to God and themselves witness to Godâs love in the midst of alienation and brokenness.Â Godâs justice finds expression in this costly witness whereby Godâs people bring healing amidst brokenness. So, I think this passage, I think it kind of relates to that. And then slowly, it was Highway 51 that became the divider. What’s interesting about it is that it has what we could call salvific tension. Minorities tend to be a high-context culture locating themselves across and along a spectrum of people. Pingback: Africa: Are Africa's 'Men of God' Preserving Injustices Against Women? God loves justice and hates injustice. And I think to… I just realized I didn’t ever answer your question earlier. Williamson: Because nothing’s going to get done. You can’t go, ‘Bible verse, application in my sermon, Gorsuch is a good nominee.’” Some do and you shouldn’t. Holmes: Real quick. Very little? “…do you think proved to be a neighbor to the one who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed Him mercy,” and Jesus said to him, “You go and do likewise.” So, clearly, the story was given to the lawyer to stand him up short a little bit. To see the rest of the book and other essays on restorative justice go to “Restorative Justice.”], Pingback: Youth Gathering Blog » Blog Archive » 30,000 Lutherans – the ELCA Youth Gathering was art! Men like Mordecai Hamm, who won Billy Graham to Christ, understood this and confronted the evil of their generation with signs and wonders of â¦ Featured Items. I may have my opinions about what sort of justices we ought to have on the Supreme Court, but as a pastor, I’m saying, “That’s not within, you know, my purview to determine whether or not.”. And I love the word that Matthew uses, this entrance into an inheritance, the inheritance of the kingdom, which is God and His glory, Christ in his exaltation, and the fellowship of the brothers and the saints for all time. And so, I guess if I can rephrase the question, setting aside, kind of, my own locale and my ability either through resources or through proximity to do something about it. And, I just want to emphasize that, as we think about justice, one of the passages that jumps out at me comes from Deuteronomy 10 where, the Lord says to Israel that they should not pervert the justice that is due the sojourner, the widow… And so, this kind of ministry in the Lord’s eye, ministering to the vulnerable, is an act of justice. A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace, 04. But when you’re actually dealing with real people like these three brothers, and they’re trying to figure out how they’re going to get through the week. The Avett BrothersâI AND LOVE AND YOU, 83. I mean, we can always go get some Mountain Dews and, kind of, inside joke. Theology, Retribution, and the Ways of Peace, 14. So, the ramifications are, in discipleship, equipping our people to be salt and light, to be obedient to Christ. Or, is it both? The one who worships on a different mountain, the one who comes from a different cultural heritage, a different cultural background, the one who looks different. And there are whole host of issues that need to be addressed. DeYoung: …Yeah, time’s up. J. esusâ first days were marked with poverty. He anticipates so that the antinomianism of his day, by saying, “Hey, can I just go on sinning that grace may abound?” Paul says, “No, God forbid.” His responses are strong. As with Amos, Jesus proclaims ârepentâ intending to encourage a positive outcome.Â Turn toward life.Â However, a failure to turn will lead to further alienation and separation. Slim Cessna’s Auto ClubâALWAYS SAY PLEASE AND THANK YOU, 76. And, he’s also a consultant on business strategy and communications and writes a lot and speaks a lot on different things, including personal finances. But there’s some responsibility that you didn’t seem interested in that I was speeding for all of these years. . – Light of Christ Church, Pingback: Justice – Elements of the Heart and Mind. Jus in bello), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (04. Holmes: Especially if they’re Presbyterians. One more question, just to kill. And also news as entertainment has become, I think, a blight on society because, it’s desensitized us from the world around us. I mean, it’d be like, you know, “We know the speed limit is 70 miles per hour on the interstate, and everybody goes 70. As Christ-followers, the answer is simple. You don’t need to do those things because all they’re going to do is hold you up. And I don’t want somebody to say, “Well, if I go to Christ Covenant, okay, I got to be a Christian. Williamson: And your Presbyterian brothers will say that that is a good thing, that they’re so much slower in connection. Williamson: That’s good. Romans 13, “governing authorities.” We see in the Old Testament. - South African Diaspora News, Pingback: Pentecostal churches in Ghana and Nigeria are entrenching sexist gender roles for women â Quartz, Pingback: ARE AFRICA'S 'MEN OF GOD' PRESERVING INJUSTICES AGAINST WOMEN? Jesus gives another lesson on the meaning of justice in his parable of the laborers in the vineyard in Matthew 20.Â He tells of a landowner who hires some workers and promises to pay them a âjustâ wage for their work (20:4).Â In the end, he pays them what he promised.Â However, to the chagrin of the first workers, who worked all day for their wage, the owner paid the same amount to some workers hired later in the day.Â Jesus suggests here that justice has not to do with strict fairness but also includes a kind of generosity that goes beyond what is expectedâwithout short-changing the original commitments.Â He challenges those who would question of justice of such generosity: âAre you envious because I am generous?â (20:15). That’s a legitimate concern, not to necessarily be bombarding those individuals. And, there are people in our churches, when you talk about this, yes, who quickly put a stiff arm. If our activism is issue-driven, then we’ll fall into the same camp, where we will only chase the issues that we’re not chasing after the hearts of people who have been enslaved in captive by these systems, right? Thank you. And, instead of expecting everyone to care about everything in the same ways, there’s a conversation that needs to be had about a complete idea of care focused on the local expression of God’s people in the church. (2) Whither 21st Century Anabaptist Theology? In raising Jesus from the dead, God definitively undermines the claims of the powers-that-be to act on behalf of Godâs justice in their punitive practices.Â These practices do not serve genuine justice but rather only an unjust âpeace and order.â Â Jesus conveys clearly the message that the leaders of the rebellious human structures do not serve Godâs justice after all.Â This point in the gospels reiterates the Old Testament.Â There both the empires (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon) and the Israelite nation-state serve unjust powers, not the just power of God as they claim. Other questions? Man 1: Is it true the laws of government and my reaction to those people in front of me is two different things. And so brothers, it’s really excited to be here with all of you. Does anybody want to follow up with that at all or anyone want to respond? And what are the missional implications of seeing your life as an exile, as opposed to being at home in the states. Because Jesus then tells them that. I don’t know how I’m going to do these things.”, And so, that’s my caution in wanting to make sure that we don’t put inviting…turn inviting “can’s”, and “may’s”, and “prayers” into hard “ought’s” and obligations so that then people feel like, “I’m not doing anything to solve the most intractable problems in our country, therefore, I’m on the wrong side of the Good Samaritan.”. — Joburg Post, Pingback: Africaâs âmen of Godâ are preserving injustices against women | What we found – The Bloomgist, Pingback: Are Africaâs âmen of Godâ preserving injustices against women? Alejandro EscovedoâA MAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, 56. So, I think we spend so much time or many… Let me say that. A biblical worldviewâas opposed to a secular, Marxist, or postmodern oneâtells us that the tension over race and justice must be guided by reality, not the naked pursuit of power. It’s really quite heartbreaking. You forgot that Jesus said in Matthew 5: 38-39: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Zephaniah), 07. Do you help? Jesus again reiterates the Old Testament sense the key elements of Torah complementing one another: mercy, justice, and shalom. In Jesus and Justice, Heltzel describes the origins and subsequent development of the evangelical movement in America. In Jesus and Justice, Heltzel describes the origins and subsequent development of the evangelical movement in America. 2013), 89. And if Jason looks big and intimidating to you, it’s because he used to be an SEC fullback at the University of Mississippi. You may have heard the term "Social Justice" bandied about lately, particularly from the left. That’s completely disconnected from me. Niebuhrâs reflections often were filled with wisdom, especially when he challenged socio-political absolutisms that fostered holy wars and a loss of awareness of oneâs own selfishness and pride.Â However, by positing a polarity between Jesusâ message and justice he undermined both our ability to understand justice in more redemptive and restorative terms and our ability to see in Jesus a political approach that indeed did directly speak to the âreal world.â. But I think if we all adopted, kind of, that mentality when it comes to our role in this conversation, then instead of all of us trying to paint this great tree, we would just be focused on a leaf, and let the tree be painted itself by the entire body of Christ. The Blind Boys of AlabamaâSPIRIT OF THE CENTURY, The Good War That Wasn’tâAnd Why It Matters, The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (01. That’s an excellent question. I didn’t express my sympathy, my outrage for that, that, that.” Or, then you become so desensitized that, you know, “Screw it, the world’s, you know, terrible, and I don’t care about it anymore.” This sounds really pietistic, but I think it’s true. And probably, someone’s not going to knock on their door and drag them out. - CIHA Blog. A restored, humbler people (Neh 12:27-43; 13:15-22), Not a “good war”: Thoughts on World War II, Our confession as Mennonites of Jesus as Lord, 07. Williamson: Yeah. I think first, you look at family to see if there’s a need, if there’s some way that you can be an advocate there. We spend a lot of time talking with her, obviously, about how she feels. So, let me just throw it out for you guys to consider. [This is chapter six in a book, Healing Justice (and Theology): An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness. - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Are Africa's 'men of God' preserving injustices against women? Holmes: Nothing. Very similar thought. 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