Committed to Seeking Justice
Cornerstone believes racism is the opposite of Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. Because of this belief, we point others to Jesus who loved without limits and fought for justice. Below, we have written out some practical steps and helpful resources for you to be committed to seeking justice.
Practical Steps to Seeking Justice
1. Remember that Values > Opinions
Take this moment to identify your values. As Christians, we have clearly defined values throughout Scripture. Identify the value that is driving your emotion. Then, look to discover how that value aligns with God’s truth in Scripture. Maybe your value is justice, and it’s based on the truth of Jesus’ words in Luke 4:16-21. Your value could simply be loving your neighbor as yourself (one of the points Jesus was making in the story of the Good Samaritan). Whatever it is, own it and then live by it daily. We don’t all have to have the same values, but they should align with Scripture.
2. Follow Jesus’ lead
As we read through the Gospels, we see God, in all of His glory and power, take on flesh as Jesus. And what did Jesus do? He moved decidedly toward people who were mistreated, underrepresented, and overlooked. Just look at what Jesus declared His plans were for His short time on earth: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 NIV
3. Pray for unity
Prayer is not so much about getting God to hear your voice as it is about inviting God’s voice into your life. God is the source of justice, peace, unity, and hope. We need more of Him if we’re going to do better. Spend time on your knees, on your face, or walking around your neighborhood in prayer. Ask God for His heart.
4. Be a learner
It’s not enough to care about, speak up for, or even act on behalf of someone who’s been hurt by racism. We need to start by listening and getting to know people who are different from us (Proverbs 18:13). What does your inner circle look like? What do they believe? Where did they grow up? How did they grow up? Be intentional about befriending people who will help expand your worldview but also befriend them just to be friends. People who don’t look like you aren’t an issue to be solved or a need to be helped. They’re people to know and love. Ask your friends to share personal stories, but don’t expect them to be your education. We will have to do the work to become aware (Proverbs 18:15).
Some of these tools were not created by Cornerstone, so we can’t affirm every word or idea. Still, they’ll be helpful as you identify your values, follow Jesus’ lead, and take action.
Watch Pastor Kevin Brown’s sermon series, Seek Justice
Join a Life Group to get to know people who are different from you
Start the Bible Plan The Bible Project | Justice
Read How Christianity Changed the World written by Alvin J. Schmidt