What Does God’s Word Say?
The abuse of one’s identity and freedom is a justice issue. The biblical mandate for justice is spread throughout scripture. The following passages are provided to assist you in your journey of understanding God’s heart for justice and we invite you to prayerfully meditate on the texts below.
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Psalm 10 (11 and 17, NRSV) | “They think in their heart, ‘God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.’ O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear…”
Psalm 82:3-4 (NRSV) | “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Isaiah 58:6 (MSG) | “This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.”
Isaiah 1:10-17 (verse 17, TNIV) | “…learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
Micah 6:6-8 (verse 8, TNIV) | “He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Luke 4:14-21 (verse 18, TNIV) | “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”
Luke 11:37-44 (verse 42, MSG) | “I’ve had it with you! You’re hopeless, you Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but manage to find loopholes for getting around basic matters of justice and God’s love. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required.”