The International Day of Peace gives us here at JustUs the opportunity to reflect on why we exist. JustUs was born out of the desire to equip people to respond to God’s invitation to join Him in His reconciling work – His shalom-making and peace-building work.
Peace-building is hard work. It requires knowledge, humility, perseverance, wisdom, grace, diligence, and energy. There are always going to be distractions and disruptions along the way and sometimes it takes great discernment to know how to proceed. The past few weeks have been a time where great discernment is necessary.
On September 4, 2018, a Statement on the Gospel and Social Justice was released by a group of thirteen initial signers. The signatories claim that the “social justice” movement presents “dangerous and false teachings that threaten the gospel, misrepresent Scripture, and lead people away from the grace of God in Jesus Christ.”
Young people today have a growing desire to “be the change” they want to see in the world around them. You can see this in the number of mission trips to the majority world, engagement with issues of poverty and homelessness, and campaigns to end sex trafficking.
Despite this growing interest, there is a severe lack of good resources for youth to educate themselves to engage critically and well in these complex issues of justice. We have shied away from teaching a Christian theology of justice, largely for reasons that are rooted in an early twentieth century belief that those who sought justice were liberals, while those who preached salvation were true evangelicals. The result has been a generation of youth with a burgeoning energy to change the world, involving themselves in actions and campaigns that do not bring them any closer to the change that they so desire to see. Continue reading