In Jesus’ speech at the synagogue announcing his ministry, he proclaimed that he came to set free the oppressed and bring justice to the nations. The spirit of the Lord anointed him for this distinct purpose. Mandated by God, his every action was rooted in procuring freedom and justice for the destitute, exploited, and persecuted. He instructed his disciples to go and do likewise.
Thousands of years later, the call to follow Jesus’ example has not changed. To be a disciple of Christ is to work to combat poverty and injustice in all its forms.
As we look at the roots of injustice across the world, a common thread emerges – dehumanization. Dehumanization is a sin that strips away the intrinsic value that we are all born with and deprives a person or group of their right to flourish.
Currently, we’re seeing evidence of this in the racial injustice that has long afflicted and continues to affect people of color in all parts of the world.
But it was never meant to be this way.
So, how did we get here?
(Take time to reflect on each devotional’s questions which are intended to help you begin to process your thoughts, to bring them into your discipleship journey so that they can be expressed in the person you are and the way that you live.)
How do you feel when you hear stories of racial injustice? When did you first learn about racial inequality?