The denotation of the term social justice has been captured by a few to mean rebellion or creating upheaval. In many instances, the connotation of social justice engulfs the denotation, making it challenging to understand how or what Christians are called to. What the Lord requires of us is made clear in His Word but still, we must search and pray to understand our mission to those in the midst of tribulation.

At unCUFFED we work to refine what social justice means from a scriptural perspective. As we come to understand how the Lord defines social justice, we can work to both manifest it in the world through our actions and inspire others to serve a God who has a heart for the least, the last, and the lost.

This series investigates unCUFFED’s Social Justice work in Biblical Terms.

Defining Social Justice for the Kingdom

Jesus is for the least, the last and the lost. God’s overwhelming love for those in need calls us to action. For the Church, that action is defined by Micah 6:8. We are required by Scripture to ‘act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.’

Act Justly

Just is defined as ‘behaving according to what is morally right and fair’ but as Christians we must search the Scriptures and not a dictionary to define our requirement to act justly. In Micah 6:8 the Hebrew word for just is mishpat. Mishpat = Justice = Equality Tim Keller says “mishpat’s most basic meaning is…

Love Mercy

At unCUFFED we strive to act justly and accept justice and the consequences our kids face. Still, we love mercy so much more.

Walk Humbly

Personal humility is at the root of justice and mercy. We cannot work towards justice or equity without humility.

Be Reconciled

We must preach that reconciliation with Christ brings about Peace and Justice here and in eternity but that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We strive to listen and learn from those who are different from us, who hold opposing views, those that “our tribe” tells us to disregard.

Condemnation of Sin

The words of 1 Corinthians 15:34 are very true but if taken out of context they can lead to the church being judgemental and pushing people away. If misused, they can be a block to Biblical Social Justice.

The Church for Social, Societal & Systemic Change

Looking around our world today, it’s easy to see that many of our systems are broken. The Bible shows us, though, that Christians shouldn’t be afraid of transformative social change.