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Looking at Justice - Just Do Something!

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick
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December 9, 2021 2:53 pm

Looking at Justice - Just Do Something!

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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December 9, 2021 2:53 pm

What is justice? Today, David Chadwick and Jenn Houston take an in-depth look at the contrast between the ever-changing meaning of "justice" in today's culture, with the Biblical view of justice which is never-changing.

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David Chadwick welcome to this week's cast its purpose is to help you look at some issues in our culture through a biblical lens.

There is great hope in the world because we have a great God of hope bring me today is Jim Houston. My friend who does this with me weekly as a colleague in broadcasting. Jim, thank you for being here today.

Thank you so much for having me what I wanted you to help me today Jim with this hope cast because we wanted to address an issue that is increasingly to the four especially among millennial's and the generation after them called Jin Z generally that grouping together, they are next generation people. But the truth is they are divergent themselves. There is no a one idea that they hold together. But one thing that does seem to be on both of their hearts to millennial's and Jen's ears. Is this issue of justice that seems to be something they not only want from their own lives, but they want the church to be a part off as well so during these hope cast we look at the world through a biblical lens and we tried to address the issues that are before us. Let's talk today about this issue of justice, something that again the millennial's engines ears hold dear to the heart and what the church could do to not only attract them for the message is that many of them are leaving the church, but also to keep them and let them move the church forward for the next generations to come, because you know the truth is an older guy like me isn't going to be here forever and Jeni to tell you you're not going to be here forever is a little bit older than millennial, and we've got to attract, train, equip and challenge the younger generation to be faithful followers of Jesus, so this idea of justice, what comes to your mind when you hear it all comes to mind for what I've seen over the last couple of years is just as standing up for something by what's been happening isn't to me a purity.

There's not a purity about what I'm seeing going on in the streets. He put his name is that mean to you. Where is that impurity lacked purity. The term righteousness comes to mind. I don't feel like there is a coupling of righteousness and justice and I think both of those we have permission granted as believers to walk in justice, but we also have to have righteousness, personal righteousness, or would it be what's in the culture as well, or both. I think both I think both what I'm seeing in the culture seems to be a strong sense of just ask but it doesn't have any kind of biblical fighting or foundation or really action points here are some statistics that are interesting here is first of all, the major cause of death between those of the ages of 10 and 34 is suicide. So what that suggests to me is older, millennial's and younger. Jen's ears are depressed.

They are in despair and they are discouraged and when you have the personal righteousness of Jesus which means the forgiveness of your sins. When he is present in your life you have a joy and a peace that gives life meaning and you want to serve other people. Accordingly, but a national righteousness is different.

That means that everybody has the right to have justice occur to them at whatever level immediately by our government. So if we have personal righteousness, which means I'm following the Lord, I'm living for him. He has giving me grace and mercy I'm forgiven of my sins.

I have purpose and calling on appointment. Upon my life I was chosen by him.

I believe that you can fight off all of those depressions which can take you to that worst place possible, and that is the temptation for suicide but then also you involve yourselves in a culture that wants to bring righteousness, justice, equality under the law for all people, no matter what. That may be so. My sense is that a lot of the Jen's ears and millennial's, who marched in the streets for black lives matters. For example, they did so out of a desire for black people to be treated rightly by the police force.

First of all, and rightly by our culture in general and I'm not against that except I would say that black lives matter is a socialist organization has proven to be anti-family has bought into a lot of the worst of critical race theory which is basically saying that black people should be victims and live in victimhood because of the ways they been treated and then says white people should be ashamed of how they have treated black people so they should live their lives in shames what you've done basically is. You've created a culture of victimhood, but in that victimhood. Black people hate white people and white people hate black people. That's the work of the devil. His name means the divider and that's what he's doing. He's dividing so we can deconstruct American values and reconstruct them. I think in a more socialistic way. I think that was that the heart of black lives matter, so I think to march into the street say we want justice for all people and that's important is a good thing to do if you associated with black lives matter. It raises a lot of questions that I don't think brings about a healthy culture and society will I completely agree with that and if you can take away the emotion and just really okay what's going on behind the scenes. After these marches are our people really caring about black lives, what about the businesses owned by black lives that had been looted and rated. Is there even one dollar from the land that has gone to rebuilding and restoring these businesses almost $100 million was raised during that time period of the disastrous jewel George Floyd Deborah: not $1.01 dollar went to any of those communities that were predominantly you African-American business owners who had their livelihood taken away from them and how much of that could have restored their lives, if properly refundable into the communities that were destroyed by the marches themselves is a great question to ask more over something that my wife and I have become increasingly aware of is how many people in the inner-city, predominantly black, more more Latino as well as they come to our nation. They live in daily fear Jim Daly fear of losing their children's lives by drive-by shooting that more and more the proliferation of gangs in our city and cities all throughout a nation have placed people in cars and they just drive by the house where there might be someone who's living there that they don't like or who has turned against them for whatever reason, and they'll just fire rounds. Hundreds of bullets into the house randomly and what's happening is a good number of those who are killed are little children asleep in their beds and I'm telling you the moms in this community are fearful for their babies and I want to know who's marching for them. Who's angry about that. You know you go into the streets and you March, which I get the anger of injustice. But what I don't get is why aren't you doing something that really does matter. So, at moments of hope church.

The church I pastor we have on Monday, for example, a group of women who go down to the West Boulevard core door and they meet with a group of black women and they just pray together and I know critics say what good does that do we think.

Prayer does a lot of good. First of all, and bringing angelic armies for protection, but also it's the first step toward getting something done. That's by building relationships with other people who are different than you who are may be than you are and you're coming alongside them and saying we care.

Let's begin this relationship with prayer and together. Maybe we can stop this senseless shooting of your babies. Let's begin there. That's what I want to say is for those who marched in the streets. You spent an hour marching in the street screaming and yelling, maybe even watching the looting that occurred the destroyed black businesses. Now here's the question, what are you doing what are you doing just to do something, you know, get involved. For example, with these moms, these mothers who are losing their babies and are fearful of losing more of their children go down it to the community and be with them before incarnational of God left the splendor of heaven, and came to this earth to become one of us.

He left the beauty of heaven to to enter the absolute squalor of this earth. Why, because he knew that true love can't be practiced without proximity. You've got to go be next to the person who's been hurt so for you millennial's engines ears out there.

Go do something.

Don't just march in the streets for an hour.

Go do something. Go be with these mamas who were hurting so desperately and start walking with them as they walk with their babies and try to prevent their kids from being shot by drive-by shootings. Well, I go back to that because I heard recently on a different podcast at the amount of children that had been shot in the last year in Chicago alone, and I wish I had the numbers in front of me right now. To quote the statistic is more than the amount of children in that same age group that had died in the world. I think them Cobain, Shirley hundred and 43 children who have died from covert. They have a natural immunity that does generally protect them in recalling Co. that at pandemic when I think that lack of law and order is more of a pandemic. So I think getting educated in understanding the facts is something that people continue to do and driven by justice, but be driven by righteousness and searched and matter out and do what you can do do something not just march in the streets go do something so the church I pastor moments of hope church I'm announcing our vision for the next five years. Now in this time. And one of the things is, we are choosing to be involved in eight underserved at risk communities in Charlotte. The south part of South Boulevard. The north part of South Boulevard. The north side of town. The east side of town and the west side of town. The crescent basically as we call it here in Charlotte where there is the preponderance of poverty that exist and were going to take our hoopsters as we effectually call moments of hope people and challenge them to go be involved in any one or more of these. Ask at risk communities like moms going down there to play with other moms.

But even more than that to look at issues like hunger, emotional abuse the kids not being able to read by the end of third grade. The greatest predictor of prison is if you can read on grade level by the end of the third grade, so why not take an hour a week and instead of marching go down and read with a kid if you can allow that kid to be at a reading level of acceptance by the end of third grade they will most likely graduate from high school and then have upward mobility. It is a clear statistical reality. So go do something like that get involved with a clothes pantry that's in the inner city. I make sure you're part of a food pantry that can give food to them. Maybe go down and serve in a soup line to people who are poor and impoverished. The point being gin that there are things we can do that really do help bring about justice. And here's another one.

Why don't we really work hard for those in poor communities to have home ownership yeah like that, you know, with gentrification happening where developers come in and buy areas that are predominantly poor and then the poor people can't pay the rising property values and they have to then leave and go live in cars oftentimes live in poor apartments.

Why not help them on their homes and then when they own their homes. They have a footing that will allow them to experience the American dream to build up capital that they can then pass on to their children and their children's children want to work for things like that and not just complain about those police officers who do abuse black people wrongly, but, dear friends. Every vocation has bad apples. I'm a minister for 40+ years I've tried to faithfully serve the church. I've given my life to try to care for people in the name of Jesus. There are bad apples were ministers who don't feed the flock they fleece the flock and they should be outed and they should be roundly condemned and never allowed to practice ministry.

Again, there are bad doctors who use their platform to abuse and hurt people. There are bad gymnastic coaches who misuse and abuse.

Little girls but that doesn't mean every gymnastics coach every doctor every minister, etc. is a bad person. Most of us are good people trying our best to live for the Lord to try to serve other people. So yeah, you can protest that the George Ford shooting was horrendous, but do something that has long lasting impact and mostly that will happen as you go to those who are in need build relationships with them because true long-term care cannot happen without proximity without knowing people without building those relationships of get out of your comfort zone and do care for others and I would challenge the gin Sears and the millennial sourcing I'm leaving church.

It doesn't have any place for me find a church like moments of hope that I'm not saying that proudly, but find a church where you can go serve whose vision is not only care for the lost.

To reach them with the Gospels of the will spend eternity with Jesus, but also who are concerned for the least support the needy, the oppressed, the disenfranchised, be involved in their lives again.

Empathy is the pathway to progress but proximity is the key to caring and loving. This is a really good and challenging tale. I might add in the phrase I heard you say before that ties into this is be the Cherokee. The church and just go feed the surgeons do something in this canter is a center in the NBA, and he's from Turkey's not a Christian I think he's a Muslim but he is standing against China. Right now he's challenging the NBA putting hashtags for Michael Jordan King Lebron saying to them, how can you continue to accept shoes from China where there may in sweatshops with people who are at the lowest wage minimum salary who are being abused by the Chinese government so that Nike and others can make these millions of dollars. It's the same government that's persecuting the Luger Muslims putting them in disinformation camps to reeducate the way they think and to change their religious values in the scanners on a rant right now and he is on social media with tens of thousands of people now following him, saying where are you NBA where you in the area of justice where you King Lebron Michael Jordan where you with this kind of hideous treatment of people, the persecution of the Holocaust type environment in China right now and yet were raking in billions of dollars from them. Therefore, we won't say anything and he's going no more. I'm silent no more. I'm going to stand up and here again do something just go do something and take a stand and actually he's having a huge impact as one very tall almost 7 foot guy standing for truth and justice.

If he's an example of the millennial fervor for justice today. If he is the example of the gin Z desire for justice as they bring it on.

You got my support as a person is lived on this planet for almost 7 decades. I will support that kind of call until I'm blue in the face because that's justice.

That's righteousness that's goodness that's mercy.

That's kindness. That's compassion the very qualities I know are in my Jesus, who did say seek first the kingdom of God in all of his righteousness personal and societal make sure you're a part of both. Make sure your own personal life has morality and purity and holiness as you work for justice in the society as well.

And if you do that, I think the Lord Jesus will be greatly pleased with your life and folks there are churches out there that are committed to doing this very biblical mandate. So again David said challenging and selling towering thinking well thank you all for listening to this hope cast. We have enjoyed giving it to you. I hope he challenges all of you and we will be back next week with yet another hope cast as we try to intersect culture through the lenses of a fool proof. God bless you all


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