As we follow God whole-heartedly, He will develop in us His heart for the poor, needy, and oppressed (see Deut. 10:18). He calls us to care for them by defending the defenseless and providing for the needy (see James 1:27). Doing so shows them God’s heart of mercy and compassion and gives them a glimpse of the power of the gospel. While feeding the hungry, we can point them to the Bread of Life. While healing the broken, we can tell them of the life we have in Christ because of His death and resurrection.
The gospel can affect justice in our communities, nation, and world in three ways:
1. Court Systems—As believers serve within the court system, they can influence the courts so that the courts serve their intended purpose—to provide justice and equal treatment before the law.
2. Changed Lives—Some believers have experienced dramatic conversions, delivered by God’s grace from lives enslaved by addiction, violence, or criminal behavior. Their stories of redemption can provide powerful testimonies of the need to treat the poor properly, help the oppressed, and become salt and light before others.
3. Concern for all types of injustices, big and small—People often think of justice in terms of issues such as theft, rape, murder, or human trafficking. Christians should be concerned about these areas, but we should also be concerned about often overlooked issues such as helping a co-worker who has been falsely accused, standing up for a friend who has been victimized by gossip, or assisting someone who has been taken advantage of by a business. A proper view of justice from God’s eyes looks at all wrongs, not simply selected wrongs.
Nothing can affect justice more than the fervent and widespread sharing of the gospel with people in all places and in all levels of society. As people trust in Christ and become disciples who follow after Him and live a transformed life, they can in turn have a transforming effect upon society.