Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma

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Justice (social and otherwise) seems to be the current fad overtaking not only the church but the world in general. However, as the church, it should not be just a passing fad, ready to be pushed aside when the next big topic hits. Rather, it should be the fire to continue with whatever new topics come up, as well as a way to bring back into light those topics that have gone into the shadows. Ken Wytsma does an excellent job of showing how justice is interwoven throughout Scripture.As he says, "A biblical understanding of how expansive justice is will carry us into a  strong, broad, and deep appreciation of the fullness of God's heart for His creation." (10) I definitely feel he succeeded in his endeavor to lay it out.

More than just a biblical exposition of justice, though, Wytsma also gave the reader room to think about how to apply justice in their lives. While many authors on justice (or other topics) pen readers in to their idea of justice, he gave free reign. Some may go and rescue sex slaves in Cambodia, or others may help bring peace in the Congo, or others may bring clean water to remote villages. These are all forms of biblical justice, and it is a beautiful thing when you are given permission to go with your passion, rather than being told to go another direction.

For us, I think our form of justice will be adopting and/or fostering children. I also plan to complete a certificate in Peace and Justice Studies at UNM. But that is where we feel led. I hope this book and others like it lead you to pursue justice in the way that best utilizes your gifts and talents. 

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