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Justice – Grace Nation’s Core Values Part 2 | GOF95

Millennials are the justice generation. On today’s episode, Pastor Jonathan explores the theme of Justice and asks, what does the Bible really have to say about justice? Millennials look at their world through a lens of justice. So is it possible that Evangelical’s treatment of LGBT+ people has led to their exodus from the church? The answer is yes. So how should we respond?

Justice - Grace Nation’s Core Values Part 2 | GOF95

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 4

This Episode’s Topic: Recovering the Bible’s View of Justice

To better understand why this issue matters, consider David’s Kinneman’s observation that younger generations do not go to church because of the treatment of LGBT people. There is a word for this — injustice. So how does the church address conversations on justice?

Take Aways From Today’s Episode

Justice in the Bible

According to Ted Grimsrud, the Bible speaks a great deal about justice. Grimsrud observes that the Greek word dikaio, translated in English as righteous can also be translated as “just”. By substituting the word “just” for “righteous,” a whole new dimension to the New Testament is available. Another popular Greek word dikaiosune can be translated as “justice.” This translation opens up the possibility for millennials to read the Gospel afresh. Here are two passages:

Romans 1:16–17 (CSB) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the “justice” of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The just will live by faith. Note – Righteousness was substituted with “justice” and righteous substituted with “just”.

Romans 3:21–25 (CSB) 21 But now, apart from the law, the “justice” of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 The “justice” of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his ”justice”, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

Clearly, when these two passages are read through the lens of justice, it opens up the possibility for new understandings of the Gospel and the role of justice in the life of the Christian.

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About The Author

Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.


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