It is common for Christians in my circles to respond to our church’s justice and racial reconciliation efforts as “too political.” It’s difficult at times to discern whether they are disagreeing with the way we voice our convictions, or simply dismissing the issue all together as unimportant or irrelevant to their faith.
Honestly, I don’t know what is “too political” or not. Here’s what I do know: Justice IS the Gospel. The “good news” is that injustices are being “made right.” And, a disciple of Jesus does not have to be reminded that racial, gender, and socio-economic justice is important. A follower of Jesus is by definition committed to justice.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others. – Jesus (Matthew 23:23)