Justice is an essential component within the infrastructure of our society. It’s putting into motion how things SHOULD be as our brokenness is rectified.
First-time author, Ken Wytsma, is the president of Kilns College, founder of the Justice Conference, and pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, OR. He wrote the book Pursuing Justice with the intent that we would consider living & dying for “bigger things”. All of us live & die for things on a daily basis. Whether its a sports team, theological stance, and/or a corporate brand — we uphold our convictions for things that might not truly matter at the end of the day.
Pursuing Justice is about recovering the expansive, biblical concept of justice & inviting it back into our lives. In the same vein as books like Francis Chan’s Crazy/Love or David Platt’s Radical, Wytsma engages the reader to take inventory of our lives & the implications of justice without shaming us or placing heavy burdens of guilt. Ken breaks down the travesties involved with matters such as manufacturing video game consoles, but he doesn’t feel the need to condemn those of us that play Madden. He leaves it in the hands of the reader to decide how we are going to approach the various injustices around the globe, as well as ones in our backyard.
It’s clear that JUSTICE is simply that which ought to be… and that concept is deeply engrained within the heart of God. As you read Pursuing Justice, it’s clear that justice is woven throughout the WHOLE gospel.
Ken uses a balanced attack of philosophy & personal revelation to convey that the pursuit of happiness fuels the Christian to pursue justice. As we have been created in the image of God, we have the capabilities to activate our capacity for empathy that has been designed within our being as we are empowered by the Spirit of God. This book lends itself to kickstart our heart, mind, and soul to respond to the heart of God and the way in which He’s wired us to seek justice in our lives & for those throughout the world.
Initially, I reflected on my time spent living in South Africa with my wife & first-born daughter while I read through this book. The number of injustices we ran across was overwhelming at times. What I learned from that year and a half living abroad, and what Wytsma reiterates in Pursuing Justice, is that we can’t save the world from every evil — only God is able to accomplish that & is faithful to do so according to His will — but we can affect & change our world around us one day at a time. I recommend that everyone pickup a copy of this book at your local bookstore or download onto your tablet.
I’m giving away one copy of Pursuing Justice here on my blog. All you have to do is share in the comments section how you feel called to pursue justice in your own life. Is there a particular cause and/or area of need impressing upon your heart in which you can address practically? The recipient will be randomly selected this Friday, March 1st.