I don’t get it. People who believe but don’t do. People who study the Word but don’t live it out. People who are comfortable asking for their salvation but are not willing to sacrifice for their neighbors, down the street or around the world.
I just don’t get it.
Yeah. I know. I’m no biblical scholar. Truth be told, I should be spending a lot more time There, with Him. But how some folks insist on a complete separation of faith and justice, well, that confounds me.
Take this passage in Matthew.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus instructions are simple. Love God. Love people.
And to quote Bob Goff in Love Does, ”When you love, you do.”
I love what Keller has to say about it in Generous Justice.
If you are trying to live a life in accordance with the Bible, the concept and call to justice are inescapable. We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable.
Really when it comes down to it, it’s this simple.
8 And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
So friends, let’s love. Let’s do justice. Let’s give humans their due.
This is our calling as Christians.
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