FRIDAY CONTEMPLATION: JUSTICE FOR ALL
When we think of the work of the church and faith communities we most often picture charity rather than justice. Serving people in need is beautiful and an important imperative of following Jesus (Matt 25). Yet, as people following in the way of Jesus, we are called to more than charity. We are called to justice. The above picture is the heavy metal band Metallica’s 1988 And Justice For All album. The lyrics for the song are intense.
But in full disclosure, justice is harder. It demands entering uncomfortable territory. It demands more. Unlike charity, it isn’t satisfying and can’t be done alone with any kind of effectiveness. Results aren’t usually experienced immediately (and sometimes not at all). Justice pushes on people in power to change (they don’t like that). It forces us to change too (we don’t like that). It can be thankless work. When you engage in it, it is inevitable that you irritate people.
Friends, justice is not for the faint of heart. But it is required. And through the Portico, we do both charity and justice. We strive to create justice for all (Micah 6).
Join us this Sunday as we discuss Justice and discover ways we can do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. And you might even hear a Metallica song.
2 THINGS FOR SUNDAY: Potluck & HOPE Justice Meeting
- Potluck is at the 1001 Gathering. Bring a dish. We start at 10:01 a.m.
- HOPE “House Meeting” Listening Session is at 11:30 a.m. SWe hear stories about the lack of affordable housing, addiction and mental health, and arrests and racial profiling.
You are loved.