Why All Christians Must Seek Public Justice

K. Edward Copeland | April 10, 2015


The quick and easy answer to why all Christians must seek public justice in their communities is because God commands us to do so.

The charge in Micah 6:8—to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God—is not abrogated in the New Testament. God is just. He has always been just and has always expected, and will always expect, his people to do justice.

Contrary to our modern emphasis on individual rights, the Bible typically—if not, overwhelmingly—frames “doing justice” for the poor, the orphan, the widow, and the immigrant within the context of community. These social and demographic categories of persons are present in every community—from the days of Amos (5:11-15) to today—and, therefore, God’s call to do justice is no less relevant or urgent.

When Christians disengage from the struggle for justice for all people, the adornment of the gospel and the credibility of the church are at stake. The world rarely searches out the claims of Christ but always scrutinizes those who claim to be Christians. The world exegetes our hearts by our actions to test the veracity and attractiveness of our message. When we ignore, discount, or offer simplistic answers to social injustice, then, we…


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