100 years ago, 35 blocks of Tulsa (known as Black Wall Street) were torched. Hundreds were killed or injured. Bodies, incriminating evidence, and news stories were hastily buried. As the city has just recently begun to address the massacre, competing voices can be heard. Some reject the idea that we should talk about racism or systematic injustice. Others say our primary identity is in the color of our skin. And then there's LeRon West! Pastor West has spent his life in Tulsa - as a kid, a fireman, and a pastor. He's experienced extreme racism in his own life, but has responded with Christlike grace. As the world descends upon Tulsa this weekend, this episode offers you a Biblically-informed way to process the past and take steps forward.
The word "justice" gets tossed around and debated often. But what does the Bible say about it? As it turns out, A LOT! In this episode, Brian shares how the Bible defines justice, offers a 3-step process for engaging in justice work, and shares how that would look in the area of racial justice. Plus, learn the important backstory of Rosa Parks.
To act justly is to do what is right in God’s eyes.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” (James Baldwin).
Isaiah 1:17 - “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
The ARC of Justice (by Jemar Tisby)
After teaching big, Biblical principles about work last week, we're just going to tell funny job stories in this episode. Some quotes:
"Umpire gear wasn't enough to protect me from the insults."
"The chubby kid never saw it coming."
"He wore a chicken costume all summer."
"The reason they fired me is because I didn't do my job."
"All Precious Moments figurines are the same."
"I wore the skates because I wanted the extra 25-cents per hour."
Plus, learn how Taylor scammed his drunk friends.
Are you a teacher, a janitor, a stay-at-home-parent? Your work matters to God. We need to know why and how.
I. Work is part of God’s plan (Genesis 1-2).
II. So, all work is sacred (Ps. 147:13-14; Isaiah 28:24-29; Exodus 31:1-4).
III. You can give glory to God through your work (Ecclesiastes 4:4-6).
Martin Luther: “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”
IV. Rest in God will sustain your work.