Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
- Isaiah 1:17
Last weekend I attended a justice conference hosted by the church I attend.
The topics and actions discussed there seem to get at the heart of what believers are supposed to be doing. Too often, I think, we get caught up in the mentality of control-and-patrol (control the message and patrol the boundaries)... we forget that our salvation has a purpose beyond just our own eternal destiny.
That purpose, I believe, is to be God's hands in this world.
Guest speakers at the conference were Abraham George of International Justice Mission, and Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church.
I was very interested in hearing Carolyn Custis James speak, since her book has been on my to-read list since it first came out. Take a look at the promo video and you'll see why:
And she did not disappoint. She was eloquent, challenging, and gracious.
Abraham (Abey) George was also an inspiring speaker. In his sermon on Sunday, he made the point that justice is a divine mandate. The entire sermon may be heard here. It's well worth your time.