Theme Four: Justice
You will be familiar with the word justice and you would be able to define it as the quality of being just, righteousness, fairness, morally correct and upholding the justice of a cause. You may also think of it as being related to the outcome of law proceedings... someone receives justice for a wrong against them. Can I introduce you to a further meaning of justice? The Bible talks about justice as making things right, first and foremost it is a relational term - people living in the right relationship with God, one another and within creation (i.e. the world). As God is just and loving and we look to Jesus as a guide; we are called to do justice and to live in love. The below song helps to create an idea of what this may mean. As you listen to it, note anything down that speaks to you.
One of the key things about the Christian faith is that it is not a passive faith - it is an action faith! We are called to love the weak and the poor, those that have less than us and not just in words, but by 'doing'. As we grow older our awareness of the difficulties that people face grows. It drives us to prayer for others, it encourages us to support by 'doing' or even by giving of our money to help others. You may think that these things are too big for you at the moment, and you may be right, but there are things that you can do to bring justice where you are, such as at school.
Click on the 'toggles' (with thanks to J.John and the Philo Trust)
I don't know if you noticed, but the top hand reaching down to pull someone up has a wrist band on it. I recognise it. It says WWJD. If you don't know what that stands for it is What Would Jesus Do? These are four really good words that make one question - a question we should ask ourselves regularly and especially when we are faced with injustice (and any situation really). If we answer it honestly, it will help us to know when to act, when to help, when to serve, when to keep well away, when to pray, when to give, when to ask for forgiveness, when to offer our guidance and it will help us to see and act on injustice. It will keep our eyes on Jesus.
TASK: Try to ask yourself today and everyday WWJD?
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