This year in our Seeking Justice series we will be highlighting a few key issues impacting our world today:
About 2.4 billion people in the world live on less than $2 per day. About 19,000 children die every day due to conditions of poverty. 1 billion children (1/2 of all the world’s children) live in poverty. Compassion International works to combat these statistics. As Christians who truly love our neighbors we cannot simply view these statistics with a cold heart.
The refugee crisis in Syria and other places throughout the world is regarded as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. What should the church’s response be? I’m thrilled that we will have the opportunity to hear from Libby Thorngate, a missionary with YWAM Louisville, who led a team to a refugee camp in Greece to care for those displaced by the violence.
Over the last few years a number of incidents (Baltimore riots, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, the Black Lives Matter initiative, etc) have arisen and indicate at the very least that racial tensions remain strained in our nation. The gospel powerfully speaks into this issue. So much so that the church should be leading the way towards unity and peace. In fact this is at the very heart of the gospel – all without distinction may come to the cross and find new life.
Local Drug Abuse
One of the primary battle grounds in our community is in the use and sale of illegal drugs. What is being done about it? What can the church do to help lead people towards deliverance?
In June of 2012 authorities recovered 6 Milwaukee girls from the hands of sex traffickers, more than any other city in the country. From 2010 to 2012 three men were sentenced to prison for beating nearly a dozen children into selling sex to strangers. The problem of sex trafficking is real and not only a foreign issue. It’s in our community. Let’s talk about what we can do to be aware of it and how we can help combat this grave injustice.
*For my working definition of social justice and some words of warning about this topic please see 2015’s series description.