“What does it mean for Christians to do social justice advocacy as if God is real and Jesus is risen?” is a significant question. Anyone have example regarding how such social justice advocacy relates to (interacts with or even been played out in) their research, field and/or higher education in general? Once again, thank-you toÂ J. Nathan MatiasÂ (@natematias), Research Assistant,Â MIT Media Lab Center for Civic MediaÂ for hisÂ Urbana12 series. This post in original form (12/29/2012) can be foundÂ here.Â ~Â Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director of ESN.
This weekend, Iâ€™m atÂ Urbana, a gathering of Christian students interested in the work of the church worldwide.Â Over the last few days, I have been blogging seminars, in which a speaker gives a talk to around 50-60 participants.
What does it mean for Christians to do social justice advocacy as if God is real and Jesus is risen?
Alexia Salvatierra is a Lutheran pastor and director of justice ministries for the Southern California synod. She also works for World Vision and the Christian Community Development Association.
Alexia tells us that in the last ten years, evangelicals have come to realise that the gospel also includes calls to justice. Micah 6:8 is on everyone’s lips, “love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with our God.” The church often gets confused about what it means to do justice. Christians often don’t do advocacy, often because typical advocacy tactics can feel wrong to Christians, she says.
Why advocate for justice? Christians should be compelled by the love of God and the compassion of Christ, feeling other people’s hopes and dreams. Like Jesus, we need to look at people to experience empathy. [Read more…] about Dove Power: Advocacy the Christian Way