In the past years, I have seen churches divided and relationships broken by the wave of the social justice movement.
One day, just like most others throughout my freshman year of college, I found myself sitting in Wright State University’s cafeteria. Only this time, I was alone and approached by a Christian man, who challenged me with the question of what I wanted to do with my life. I told him that I desired and felt called to go into the world and work for social justice. Let me tell you, the conversation quickly turned from a genuine and caring interaction to a stressful lecture and defense session. He told me to watch what I say about social justice- that’s a risky ideology to believe in and pursue.
But I believe it is one that Christ sought and teaches me to seek.
I believe in the kingdom of God as an upside-down economy. I know that he calls the weak and poor. That he will judge our life by the way we treat the least of these. That faith is accompanied by action.
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
I desire to put my faith into action- call it social justice or call it practical love. Regardless, I believe that this is the life I am called to—one of being attentive to physical and spiritual needs.
In this season, that looks like holistic orphan care. Back2Back Ministries values this at the heart of our ministry. In order to build this foundation, we used the knowledge of professional child psychologists and social workers to create a child development model.
We believe that each child in the world today has a God-given right to have their physical, spiritual, emotional, social and educational needs met. We seek to stand in the gap to fulfill those needs.
This is one way that I will seek to live out James 2:14. My passion, abilities and resources come from Christ alone. I want the people that I interact with to know Him. Jesus, who pursued people with a genuine love, miraculous meals, incredible healing and a challenging call, commands us to love one another the way that He has loved us.
May our actions reflect our faith, and the powerful love of a savior who sees all of our needs.