"Freedom and Justice for All"
•The lady with the torch beckoning the huddled masses to freedom for all.
•John 8:36(NASB)So if the Sonmakes you free, you will be free indeed.
•God's definition of justice and injustice
•Psalm 89:14.Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Loving kindness and truth go before You.
•Ezekiel16:4949Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.
•Freedom began in Genesis3
•Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,
•Leviticus 25. Jubilee could only occur after the Day of Atonement
•II Chronicles 15:6. Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.
•If God is your problem, only God is your solution!
•Unless we take the spiritual seriously, the social is in trouble.
•Removing God by illegitimate division based on race or culture or class invites chaos into the society
•Jesus holds up the cross and invites all to come. God's Church ought to be reflecting that.
Icebreaker: Can you quote the saying on the Statue of Liberty? What does this represent about America?
Focus: Discuss how freedom, justice and being under God’s divine rule are precisely linked. How getting right with God is critical to order in society.
Discussion Questions Session 5:
1. Dr. Evans mentioned that there is no freedom without justice. What does it mean for our fellow citizens who are not experiencing justice?
2. Let’s consider the concept of justice. Do you see injustice exhibited in the church and society?
3. Do you believe justice can be accomplished apart from acknowledging God? Read Psalm 89:14, Ezekiel 16:49.
4. Given the following definition of justice, have you ever been treated unjustly, or seen someone treated unjustly? Justice defined: “The equitable and impartial application of God’s moral law.”
5. When you hear the term “white privilege,” what do you think? Is there a way to use “white privilege” to benefit others?
6. What is the churches' responsibility to help bring about justice in our society? How can individuals help bring about racial justice in our society?
Ask yourself one of the following questions:
When did you make a decision based on race rather than on the Word of God?
Where have you compromised (set up your own standard) or not been clear on good and evil, specifically as it relates to racism? What was the result?
Consider God's heart towards all people when you read
Titus 3:1-3 (NASB).
“Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”