“In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth… ‘I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.'” -Isaiah 42:3b, 4a, 8
I’ve spent some time thinking, praying, and working for justice of various kinds–social, political, economic–and I’ve spent time trying to introduce people to Jesus. But I’m just starting to realize that these two sectors–justice and evangelism–can merge. They aren’t disconnected.
This might not sound special. Of course justice and faith are connected. The Bible teaches that we should care for the oppressed. Actions speak louder than words. Hundreds of Christian NGOs use the Bible to back-up their mission statements.
But that’s not what I’m talking about. Our faith informs our justice. But our faith also is justice.
It is just for the Created to worship the Creator.
And so I would like to add one more category to the many existing existing categories of justice work: worship justice.
Bringing people to worship their Creator is justice work, like advocating the rights of trafficked people, or providing shelter to refugees, or bringing education and work opportunities to people on the frayed edges of global empires.
Just like people deserve life, health, safety, and dignity, God deserves worship.
And as we know,