Christian Thoughts on Social Justice

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Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”


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Background Information

In the Christian worldview, we believe that this world isn’t all there is. We also believe that justice in this current fallen world will be incomplete until Christ returns. So, how are we as social workers to view social justice from a Christian worldview? For this week’s devotional, you will read a Christian perspective on social justice and provide your response.

Pray

God, while we are still in this world, there will be injustice, grief, and mourning. Your word tells us that You are making all things new and a time is coming when justice will be complete. Help me to be faithful on this journey, to champion true justice for others, and to find encouragement and hope in looking forward to that day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read the article, “Beyond Social Justice Living Out Our Christian Worldview in Faithfulness and Truth by: Timothy D Padgett.
  3. Navigate to the threaded discussion below and respond to the following discussion prompts:
    1. Post a two paragraph reflection with your thoughts on the views shared in the reading about social justice.
    2. In your response, identify at least two differences between a Christian view of social justice as described in the reading and the views you may see on television, in the culture or social work theories.
    3. Describe how a Christian view of social justice can help guide and inspire you as a social worker without compromising a Biblical worldview or moral standards.

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