“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes, cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”- Isaiah 1:16-17.
The Hebrew prophet Isaiah, following a long tradition of radical prophets, called for the community of God’s people to bring justice to the fatherless and others who were being oppressed. This call to bring justice for those who were oppressed was also a call for those with privilege and wealth to be brought to justice.
Bring justice. Be brought to justice. Jesus, the culmination of the prophetic heritage that Isaiah spoke from, taught a spirituality that confesses complicity in evil, that reveals the inherent dignity and worth of those who suffer unjustly, and brings together oppressor and oppressed. The justice that Jesus brings us to is a liberating, transforming justice that sets us free to truly love each other.
Howard Thurman, in his classic book “Jesus and the Disinherited” asks the question “What does the religion of Jesus mean to those whose backs are against the wall?” This website’s purpose is to explore that question and to ask the parallel question “What does the religion of Jesus mean to those who are pushing others back against the wall?”
Bring justice. Be brought to justice. Those are the parallel rhythms of the way of Jesus.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, puts this truth into song by exclaiming that “He (God) has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.”
Justice is about knowing the God who simulatenously scatters, brings down, and sends away while also exalting and filling, all in the name of Love. As some of use are humbled and others exalted, we’ll learn together what it means to be humans made in the image of the Divine.