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Any hands over here? We are excited to be here. We may not be disagreeing about the Bible getting us involved. New thought that is related. But my response generally is a sort of reticence because the mission creep happens very, very quickly and the one thing that the church, uniquely, is called to do and no one else will do except for the church is to preach Christ and to plant healthy churches. Probably good people that that really do because the difficulty is not so much in the abstract, okay? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. He anticipates so that the antinomianism of his day, by saying, “Hey, can I just go on sinning that grace may abound?” Paul says, “No, God forbid.” His responses are strong. So that, when we’re discipling our undocumented friends and if the unfortunate event of deportation happens, have we discipled our friends to take a missional witness back to the country where they’re mandated to go, where they don’t know, where they don’t belong. It’s important, but it means then you’re looking at… Oh, I’m sorry. Cook:  Yeah. But, this is an ethical concern at some level, people are involved, hearts and souls are being affected here. We definitely need to have deep, careful conversations about those things. So, my line, it seems a little easier to know what it means to go out and do Good Samaritan justice, and mercy, as individual Christians where God has given us influence. By faith alone, you are justified before God, but before men, if I got a brother who I’m close with, and I see his life and he makes a profession of faith, and he says he believes one thing but his life looks completely different than what he professes, guess what? some Ole Miss fans. And so, if I could, Jason, if I could just turn to you, brother. What is their instinct? Cook: …an accident that he’s the hero of the story. What does it mean to be in exile and a sojourner in the United States of America? Williamson: I think that’s very helpful. We may be slow, but we are small. So, unity, while it may be a joint-worship service where, “Hey, isn’t this so great? Teddy Thompson—UP FRONT AND DOWN LOW, 73. Jason Cook used to be an editor at the Gospel Coalition and so, he is now the Associate Pastor of Preaching at Fellowship Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Recently, I ran into an old friend of mine's twitter post and what she was saying shocked me. The gospels tell of Jesus’ own witness to God’s love, a witness that centers precisely on problems of violence, brokenness, conflict, and alienation.  As Jesus stated, he did not come to minister to those who are well but to those who need healing (Mark 2:17).  In doing so, he saw himself in continuity with Moses and the prophets and with the healing message of Torah. But how does this then… How does the ought land on us? James Hoffmeier has a very good book. And I think to… I just realized I didn’t ever answer your question earlier. So, one just small step that my wife and I are taking is that our cousin who’s being raised by a single mother in this city right now is going to come and spend two months with us over the summer. Second chance for people of promise (Ezra 3:1-13), 4. Cook: Yeah. These individuals are still considered your neighbors, whether you want to define it that way or not. I think the part, honestly, where I feel hopeless is for that young woman having entered into the United States at 9 months and now being 19, there’s no pathway to citizenship for her that does not include her going back to Columbia first, before coming back to the United States, unless she were to be married legitimately to an American citizen. But also, man, praying that the Holy Spirit and these days where human hearts are more desensitized than ever, that the Spirit keeps a warm heart and a soft heart within us, to not turn a blind eye to the hurts around us. People who are in the same city,  but maybe there’s a community that has been marginalized, that’s been placed. And rightly so, and I would be justified in asking those hard questions.”, So, when it comes to the issue of justice, I think that we have to ask ourselves hard questions, and we have to ask those around us hard questions because it is not okay for us to say, “Hey, it is wrong for those individuals to be starving?” It is not okay for us to say, “What we see in the criminal justice system is absolutely wrong. Other places, what does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? How much of a responsibility do you guys feel there’s a need to step up and say, “You know what? Pushback.  Several Old Testament terms describe this healing strategy—shalom (peace), hesed (loving kindness), mispat and tsedeqah (righteousness/justice) prominent among them.  These terms often cluster together in a mutually reinforcing way. Now, what is my congregation under the jurisdiction of my elder board going to attempt to lower unemployment, to overturn Roe v. Wade, to plant trees in the park? God loves justice and hates injustice. Cook: Yeah. Right? Jesus spoke of justice, he practiced justice, and he died for justice. That’s good. And, there are people in our churches, when you talk about this, yes, who quickly put a stiff arm. “The Rock, His work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. What is the mission of the church? Thank you. And also news as entertainment has become, I think, a blight on society because, it’s desensitized us from the world around us. You know, well that’s not the question to ask in your relationship. Jesus incarnates Old Testament justice.  The prophets preached a message of justice where God enters the brokenness of fallen humanity and brings the possibility of healing—blessing all the families of the earth.  Hosea captures the essence of God’s justice when he speaks for God: “My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.  I will not execute my fierce anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath” (Hosea 11:8-9). Here’s the complexification, which, I don’t know if we’ll figure out or these brothers. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club—ALWAYS SAY PLEASE AND THANK YOU, 76. “…do you think proved to be a neighbor to the one who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed Him mercy,” and Jesus said to him, “You go and do likewise.” So, clearly, the story was given to the lawyer to stand him up short a little bit. He says, “Lord…and when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them,” Christ presumably says, “‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did to me.’” And then he turns and he looks at the goats and he says, “Depart from me, you cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. You just walk around. Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Hosea), 03. He’s also the assistant professor of Systematic Theology of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. He attracted crowds, followers, and disciples. I don’t think humans, were ever supposed to consume 24-hour news. It becomes, “Okay, now what do we do?” The situation you said, Jason, that the laws have been allowed. So, I don’t know the final answer, other than what we do in those situations. To justify ourselves. We could go another hour easily. So, very excited about a group of men of God and so, I just go on the left and come back this way. From this common foundation, several different avenues of theology developed, giving rise to the varied landscape of contemporary evangelism. We spend a lot of time talking with her, obviously, about how she feels. But it means to love your neighbor in the way in which you would love yourself. Are Africa’s ‘men of God’ preserving injustices against women? Christians shouldn’t be involved. And, and on the other hand, if I had people say, “You’re a public person, Kevin, would you sign this thing about immigration and DACA?” And you, “Well, I don’t think you can do a straight line from the Bible verse this week to say that.” Now, you may have, you know, biblical principles for both of those things. There’s no systems there, they’re familiar with. And so, there’s a lot of energy around these kinds of issues in the church today. I find a lot of reform folks aren’t willing to partner because the limits of their unity are, “We’ve got to agree on all of these things including, like, everything concerning even an issue like women in ministry.” Right? Holmes: Nothing. Jesus says at the end, “Which one of these three…” You know the story…. I think James could be actually talking about justification before men when it comes to this passage. Anchoring God’s community amid an empire (Ezra 6:13-22; 8:21-23; 8:24-30), 5. I will not go into a philology debate here.  Rather, let me simply say that the translations clearly can go either way.  Our main concern should be to resist the tendency of such terms to be understood in terms of present-day meanings for words such as “righteous” and “wicked” (and, of course, “justice” and “injustice”) and then reading that meaning back into the biblical text. Witnessing to the preciousness of life, 09. And those who are sheep, he places at his right hand, a side of power, a position of power and relationship. To his right, he speaks these words of righteous affirmation, these words of entrance. DeYoung: And I think, you know, I really appreciate what all you guys are saying about calling, and gifting, and your thing may  not be someone else’s thing. The generosity–gratitude–generosity cycle, 22. Jesus speaks of a widow who pleads repeatedly with an unjust judge to grant her justice. Those at his right. And then, potentially, the definitive gospel text on how we should love our neighbor is found in Luke 10:25–37. I don’t fully have the answer. Christian Pacifism and New Testament Understandings of the Death of Jesus, 10. That’s what I would say. Thus, sin is a crime against God, and justice demands a penalty of death and separation from Him for it (Romans 1:18-32; 2:5; 3:23). Healing Justice: The Prophet Amos and a “New” Theology of Justice, 05. The family was on the road. And so, if you think about, for example, the very compelling, provocative presentation given by our dear brother, David Platt, who will be speaking tomorrow. Jesus is talking about your neighbor, which one is the neighbor? And I mean that to say, not everyone is good at everything, and not everyone is called to the same things. Holmes: Yeah. No to the War), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (10. Let’s show some nondiscrimination. Stay … That’s a legitimate concern, not to necessarily be bombarding those individuals. Are Africa’s ‘men of God’ preserving injustices against women? Well, if I got a phone call and it was the chairman of my elder board, his wife, then you might say, “Hmm. And it’s a never-ending system. Africa: Are Africa's 'Men of God' Preserving Injustices Against Women? Reflections on Old Testament Prophets (Jeremiah, 2), 10. He’s… I mean, he’s…. And this is, kind of, the classic, you know, separation of the sheep and goats.  Jesus will issue a blistering critique of the Pharisees precisely on his view that their application of Torah does not center on love and genuine justice (two closely linked motifs for Jesus and the prophets). Let’s focus on Matthew, the gospel that uses this language more often than the other gospels.  Matthew calls Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother Mary, a “just” man (1:19).  When he learns of her pregnancy he wants to protect Mary’s reputation and “dismiss her quietly.”  Then, as a more authentic expression of his justness, Joseph takes to heart the words of the angel in dream and realizes that Mary has the Lord’s blessing and he stays with her. Hebrews 10:30. I’m excited to learn from all of them. Hothouse Flowers—SONGS FROM THE RAIN, 81. You don’t need their… You want their blessing, and you want their encouragement, and you want their support, but you don’t need their oversight. We also emphasized what churches and individual Christians can do to pursue restorative justice in a way that flows from the gospel. And the Samaritan there, it’s not…. Friendship as spiritual encouragement, 16. But we cared for them and loved them. Williamson: And your Presbyterian brothers will say that that is a good thing, that they’re so much slower in connection. 6. The Blind Boys of Alabama—SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY, The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters, The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (01. Jesus is meaning to confront us with our own human tendency to say, “That person is not like me. How do you keep yourself from becoming consciously or subconsciously apathetic towards the [inaudible] and trying to actually assign yourself proximity toward certain [inaudible], without also lacking care and [inaudible]. Matthew links justice and generosity toward those most in need again in a confrontation between Jesus and chief priests.  “The tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom ahead of you,” Jesus asserted.  “For John came to you in the way of justice and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him” (21:31-32).  The “way of justice” here refers to restorative not retributive justice, a kind of justice that is inclusive and effects healing not a kind of justice that is exclusive and effects alienation between the haves and have-nots. As with Amos, Jesus proclaims “repent” intending to encourage a positive outcome.  Turn toward life.  However, a failure to turn will lead to further alienation and separation. And I think that we do need to have intelligent conversations so that we aren’t guilting, or burdening Christians with things that are out of their control, or not their responsibility. I think, Phil, what you’re saying is good. Jus ad bellum), The Long Shadow: World War II’s Moral Legacy (03. I think Luke 10, Matthew 25, kind of, give us some direction there. [This is chapter six in a book, Healing Justice (and Theology): An Agenda for Restoring Wholeness. Right? Jesus’ proclamation followed the same logic.  Jesus began his public ministry with a call to repent (Mark 1:15)—turn from injustice and alienation and turn toward life.  The kingdom of God (the rule of God as presented in Torah of old) is present.  And in this kingdom, God has special concern for the wellbeing of the vulnerable, the excluded, and oppressed (see also Luke’s version of Jesus’ opening words in Luke 4). Most of you guys know that the great reformer, Martin Luther, had problems with the book of James because, he felt like it contradicted what Paul was saying in Romans, Galatians, and throughout the New Testament. To ask in a different way, when is the same obligation laid upon us? That’s what he’s talking about. The Gospel’s response is that God satisfies His justice and holiness through Jesus’ payment for sin and that God expresses His love by allowing Jesus, and not us, to pay the penalty. I think the harder thing is the heart level motivation, Daryl, that you point to, and what drives us to action. And if I can complexify it as well and throw it back out to you and others who want to respond to this, before we push on to the next statement from Jesus. But at the same time, our instinct, too quickly, is to do exactly what this guy did in the passage, which is, “Who is my neighbor?”, We know what the Bible says, but our instinct is to protect ourselves. And they’re going to say to the Lord, “Lord, when did we see you naked? So, we’ve got our dear brother Jason Cook. Yet, for the time being, the doing of justice will result in persecution (5:11).  The status quo, founded on injustice, will not welcome the work of Jesus’ friends but will fight it tooth and nail.  Again, Jesus links his followers and their work for justice and its consequences with the prophets of old (5:12)—and promises God’s vindication. And so, she was born in Columbia and came to the U.S. at nine months and today she’s 19 years old. The second thing is let’s pastorally, take on this issue. And here’s what I mean by that. And so, but our concern today is not to share our thoughts, to wax about what these issues are, and what we feel. Phillip Holmes: Removing even the conversation about proximity because, as soon as we go there, I felt like it’s a very, I guess, intelligent way of saying, “Who is my neighbor?” all over again. Jason Cook, Kevin DeYoung, Phillip Holmes, Darryl Williamson. And so, from an individual standpoint, yes, those we come into contact with. Now, as it relates to our topic for the day when it comes to justice, I think James’s words are very difficult for us to swallow because, he gets us out of our comfort zone and he challenges us to say, “You can’t just be okay with giving Christianity lip service.” Right? And I think when it comes to issues of justice, I think we have to ask ourselves, “What is our instinct when we see people being marginalized, when we see people being abused, when we see people being taken advantage of?” Is it to first justify ourselves and say, “Hey, that’s not my problem. Jesus and Justice News and Reflections. That we don’t have a dog in that fight.”. You may have heard the term "Social Justice" bandied about lately, particularly from the left. You forgot that Jesus said in Matthew 5: 38-39: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 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