“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17).
The Bible makes social justice a mandate of our faith and an expression of discipleship. Justice means to make right. It is a relational term and requires us to live in the right relationship to God and one another. It is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society, and focuses our attention and action on timely, pressing matters of social concern to the church and society.
In his best-selling pamphlet of the day, Freedom of a Christian Reformer Martin Luther wrote, “The holy apostle (Paul) in 1 Corinthians 13:5 attributes to love that it does not seek its own interests but the interests of the neighbor….Christians do not live in themselves but in Christ and in their neighbor — in Christ through faith and in the neighbor through love.” We pray these resources help you come to terms with the vexing question: Who is my neighbor, and what can I do?