March 26, 2017
Updated May 29, 2018
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Biblical justice isn't an action once a year. It is a lifestyle.
Live Justly is an in-depth scriptural and practical study to help people live justly in 6 key areas of life: advocacy, prayer, consumption, generosity, creation care and relationships.
Live Justly was written on these core principles:
Justice is part of the character and nature of God, and to live justly we must encounter God in a personal and powerful way.
The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts.
People change through relationships not statistics, so Live Justly is designed to create a culture and community among participants that enables honest, convicting discussion about justice.
We will not reduce justice to an activity, it is a lifestyle.
We will not sacrifice the dignity of people living in oppression for the sake of inspiring action.
We particularly focus upon the role of advocacy, which some say is a lost art within the Church, but the ground is fertile for a revival of action that has the potential to be incredibly transformative. We define advocacy as: challenging ourselves and our leaders to change attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate injustice and deny God’s will for all creation to flourish.
Justice is often invoked by passionate teachers, pastors and leaders inviting us into NEW action. For example, a justice-themed sermon from a leader or pastor to encourage the church to volunteer, go on a missions trip or give to a cause. Justice is often focused upon doing something new, but what about the actions you and I take every day?
Here’s the thing: justice isn’t always about doing something new; it’s about infusing what we already do with Kingdom values. We wake up every day and make about fifty decisions–we decide what clothes to wear, what food to eat, how to commute to work or school, how to treat our friends, family and strangers, what to pray for, where to invest our money and so on. Justice isn’t simply an action once a year; it is a lifestyle. Our prayer is that our everyday actions will be infused with justice — not our definition of justice but God’s revelation of justice in Scripture.
The scriptures and the movement of the Holy Spirit have deeply touched our own lives here at Micah Challenge, and the call to seek justice has permeated our everyday life choices, pushing us not just to seek justice but to live justly. Perhaps you too feel that call to seek justice. You are not alone in this experience — countless churches, campus groups, small groups, families and individuals have heard the call and asked us “what’s next?”
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