The 21st century has thrown us some of the most pervasive moral and social justice issues of all time. It is essential that Salvationists are not only aware of these issues but are equipped with the knowledge, theological understanding and practical action steps to walk faithfully in today’s world, and to fight to make it better for the next generation.
Since its beginning, The Salvation Army has worked not only to win souls for the Kingdom but to better the world for every person living in it. William Booth understood that bettering the world required addressing the causes of suffering and its effects – social justice motivated by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
However, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the injustices of the world and wonder ‘what difference can I really make?’ Sometimes it can be easier to ignore it and leave it to someone else. But God calls us to partner with him. We are called not only to love and care for our fellow human beings, but to care about every aspect of their lives. As Catherine Booth famously exclaimed, ‘We are saved as wholes, not souls.’
This year the International Social Justice Commission invites you to join as an international Army in crying for justice for the people affected by some of these issues.
Each month of 2021 we will spend time exploring moral and social issues through a kingdom lens while providing resources, practical action steps and ways to pray for the people affected by them.
Will you join us in seeking justice together, by crying out to God in prayer for justice on the earth, following the example of the persistent widow as described by Jesus? ‘And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?’ (Luke 18:7 NIV)
To learn more and get involved follow the International Social Justice Commission on Facebook, Instagram and twitter and sign up for monthly emails here.
Here is a space to talk about the issues behind this call, how you are hearing God's voice, and how you are feeling called to respond. Share with us any Bible verses or other resources that you find useful.