When we were back in England in August we were asked to share something at church of why we do what we do here in New Zealand.
We thought we would share a brief overview of some of our thoughts on here too! If you ever want to ask us anymore about any of this please feel free to contact us and ask!
From a ‘justice’ perspective –
One dominant reason we do, especially regarding the justice aspect, is because we believe that it is what the Bible teaches us to do, what God wants us to do, and it follows Jesus example.
Multiple times in the Bible Jesus stops for the outcast of a group. The one other people won’t associate with, and He reaches out to them. People who had made bad decisions and done plenty things they shouldn’t have, but Jesus knew they were lost and needed restoration. In the story of Zacchaeus…Luke 19:9 Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’’
Jesus saw that he was lost and wanted to see him restored to where he should have been. And that example of Jesus is what we aim to follow. He brings justice, restoration and freedom to that situation.
One of the simplest definitions of justice is restoring things as they should be.
Bringing justice is bringing things back into line with how God intended and wants things to be.
Micah 6:8, a popular verse, talks about doing justice. We run a justice focused DTS because we want to play our part in bringing God’s justice to people and situations in the world, to DO justice, and help the students who come to the DTS to see what God’s justice means and looks like, and what he’s calling them to do.
And it’s not simply about just doing things that God would want them to do but rather it’s about knowing and loving the God of Justice and that impacting the way they live their lives. Rather then them coming simply to learn about the Justice of God. It has to be about discovering and encountering God. It’s about God’s kingdom coming on earth, God having his way, rather than us bringing change or doing social action/random acts of kindness. Getting the students on the DTS to think about the injustices we face in our neighbourhoods, but seeing them in the light of who God is. An awareness of the world around them and what the part God has for them to play in that.
Do Justice, love kindness, walking humbly – looking into and grappling with what that really means and looks like in this world.
In the next blog we’ll be briefly talking about why we do what we do from a discipleship/training and outreach perspective.