Again, I am so blown away by all of the wisdom, passion, and diversity this year at The Justice Conference. In this post I am going to list highlights from the speakers that I did not already blog about earlier today.
First, Eugene Cho shared first this morning that his involvement in justice issues was spurred on by making educational reform in Burma and the issue of landmines. In Burma, teachers only make $40 a year. Can you imagine that? Cho said, “If we aren’t careful we can make justice an idol if we elevate it over the Lordship of Christ in our lives. We want to look at justice through the lens of Scripture, the lens of Christ, and the lens of God.” Then, referring to the inability to have deep conversations and be experts in the justice issue we are passionate about even though we have the most information available then ever before, Cho said, “We might be living in the most overrated generation ever.” The encouragement I got from his talk was that, “We may not be able to change the entire world, but we can impact some.We must continually be engaged. Seeking justice. Living compassionately. ” He also used Nehemiah as an example of what we should look to (which I will be posting about soon).
Stephen Bauman, CEO and President of World Relief, spoke about the injustice of rape as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bauman’s mentor, and African leader, Cyprien Nkiriyumwami (Director of World Relief) from DRC spoke these inspiring words: “Standing together we are stronger.” In pursuing justice the body of Christ must be united.
Ordinary radical, Shane Claiborne, showed everyone at The Justice Conference what an AK-47 looks like when Isaiah 2:4 is taken literally. I was so inspired by quotes like this-
“None of us is beyond redemption and none of us is above reproach.”“The closer we are to God the less we want to throw stones at people” (like Jesus and the woman caught in adultery).“We need to be careful of self-righteousness because it’s that self-righteousness that’s like the yeast of the pharisees and it can effect us, that we’re the only ones concerned about Jesus, that others aren’t real Christians. We need to be like the taxpayer and beat our breast to say God I need you to save me.”