by Denise Sciuto, Frontier Fellowship Associate Director
Justice is a popular topic these days. Do athletes have a right to kneel during the National Anthem? How do we ensure equality in education, employment and so on? Working in frontier mission exposes us to many injustices in other countries, too. There are governments and people in power who seem eager to exploit or abuse particular ethnic groups or religions.
My friends in northern Africa have had their Christian books taken away and even their church buildings demolished. In other areas, ethnic groups are attacked and killed without remorse. Children in this region are often taken away from their families and forced into slave labor. Here and around the world, we’re overwhelmed by the steady barrage of injustices we hear about, witness or experience on a regular basis.
I was talking with a group of high school students recently about justice. They identified all the stories in the media discussing various situations of injustice, but they wondered what it meant for them personally to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.
They decided that in order to have any authenticity in the bigger discussion of justice, they first had to think about acting justly in their day-to-day contexts. We discussed how showing mercy by forgiving others easily and walking in humility with God will ultimately help us respond to the injustices we see in our world right now.
I challenge you to take a look at your situation. Are you walking humbly with your God? Do you love mercy and forgive easily—recognizing how Jesus extravagantly offered you mercy and forgiveness? Does that move you to act justly toward those around you? I also encourage you to pray for those who’ve never heard the Good News—that they’d experience justice and mercy. That God would walk with them as they face hardship.
May God show us even greater ways to work for justice in our communities and beyond.
Follow along with our daily devotional series for the Advent season.