So far in this Justice Awakening: How You and Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking series, we have talked about being awakened to justice, exposing the darkness, and answering the question, “Why the Church Must Lead?” Today, we close the blog conversation by considering what the church can do about injustice.
I love that this book offers simple, yet practical action steps for addressing this issue in your local community. For those interested in taking a stand against human trafficking, author Eddie Byun recommends the following key areas of focus:
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
This month, I’m reading and preparing for several anti-human trafficking efforts to include a community fundraiser, education and awareness event, the International Justice Mission Advocacy Summit, and IJM NC State leader training. I would appreciate your joining me in prayer for these efforts. As part of my preparation, I am reading and reviewing several resources. I’m primarily focusing on the book, Justice Awakening, by Eddie Byun. This book calls every Christian and church to become awakened to justice.
Today’s post focuses on exposing the darkness of injustice. Throughout the Bible, we see metaphors and descriptions about light and its contrast to darkness.
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I have several human trafficking engagements this month. To prepare for them, I recently completed a reading of Justice Awakening: How You and Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking by Eddie Byun. Byun references Dr. Timothy Keller when defining the word justice. It means: 1.) treating people well, 2.) giving people what is due them, 3.) righteousness and right living in community or the right use of power, and 4.) care for the vulnerable and poor (27). I love these definitions because they echo the writings of the prophet Isaiah, and because they remind us that justice is something we learn and work at with the help of God.
I love this book because it begins where I like to begin by talking about God’s heart for justice. Good theology first begins with God. I like to challenge readers here to think deeper about what it means to live as a Christian, to follow Christ, and to engage rightly in the world. When I use words like “theology,” I am simply referring to what we know or how we think about God. These conclusions are best drawn from the Bible, and impacts the way we relate to each other and how we take responsibility for the earth we have been charged to steward.
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