I was honored to guest blog on the site of Ken Wytsma, the founder of the Justice Conference. I was grateful for this opportunity because it gave me the chance to emphasize the connection between the #1010Life and justice more clearly than I’ve managed to do in some of my other recent writings on the topic.
The heart of the book 10:10: Life to the Fullest is the claim that we need a larger vision of life in Christ, and I still believe that is at the root of a lot of the problems with how we talk and think about faith. But within that larger theme is another important message/critique. In many circles of Christianity, there continues to be a disconnect between faith as an individual enterprise and faith as something connected to the larger redemptive movement of Christ.
It remains baffling to me that for so many Christians, justice is seen as an unimportant or extracurricular dimension of faith in Christ. Jesus was so clear that this was central to his identity. When Jesus came back to his hometown of Nazareth to clarify who he was and what he came to do, he read this from the scrolls of Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4.18-19)
When John the Baptist was imprisoned and faced impending execution, he sent some of his aides to question Jesus. He wanted to know that this was the real Messiah – the one he had prepared the way for, and the one whom he was now willing to give his life for. How did Jesus authenticate his identity?
“Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” (Luke 7.22)
It is important to me that 10:10 represents a broad and full vision of life in Christ. But it’s also important to me that within that broader vision, the call to a life of justice is clearly developed. So thanks to Ken and the Justice Conference crew for giving me the chance to share some thoughts on the relationship between the 10:10 life and the ministry of justice. You can read it here: