Justice For All: Reflecting the Heart of God, During a Cultural Standoff - Week 1: The Cultural Standoff
Series: Justice for All: Reflecting the Heart of God, During a Cultural Standoff
Key Passage: Ephesians
Speaker: Nate Wagner
Discuss the three reasons identified as the rationale for this series:
The Christian faith offers both the most holistic explanations and hopeful solutions to every social ill.
Avoiding crucial and controversial topics for the sake of “unity” or out of fear of being misunderstood serves as an endorsement of the status quo.
When we come to truly understand God’s heart for justice, we realize that grappling with matters of racial justice is not a distraction from the gospel, rather it flows directly from the heart of the gospel.
What’s the logic behind Dr. King’s statement “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”? Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
Study Read Amos 6:1-6 Together
Observations? Questions? Insights?
Discuss the significance of these three reflections on this passage:
Power and privilege are amoral and should not be demonized nor apologized for.
We are accountable and responsible for how we steward the power and privilege we possess.
It grieves the heart of God when we leverage our power and privilege for personal advantage while remaining indifferent and unresponsive toward the injustices around us?
What privileges and/or power might you possess that others may not have the same access to?
What obstacles have you been able to avoid that others may have confronted others?
What potential opportunities have you been granted that others may not have access to?
As Christ followers, our Christian identity offers us endless hope and situates us well to engage in discussions of race, ethnicity, justice and unity with confidence, curiosity, and compassion. We possess a hope that fearlessly engages with the truth, confident that God’s resurrection power is delivered into our lives as we walk in obedience to Jesus by the Spirit. Do you agree? Disagree? Implications?
Read John 13:33–35. Then read Galatians 6:2. What are some tangible ways you can carry the burden of someone who doesn’t look like you?
Learning to have healthy and redemptive conversations about racial justice is essential for us as Christ followers. Great conversations begin with genuine curiosity and thoughtful questions. Talk about how these questions could help spur life-giving conversations about this controversial and crucial subject:
Can you help me understand why this topic is so important to you?
How are you defining that term?
What is your definition of justice and where did your definition come from?
In what ways have you or someone close to you experienced bias, racism, oppression, or ostracization due to your race or culture?
Do you experience me as curious and empathetic when it comes to issues like racial and social justice?
What do you wish I better understood about how your lived experience is different from mine?
What data, author, book, article, or podcast inform your perspective on these things?
What are your recommended solutions?
Do you have interest/value alternative perspectives from your own?