Liberty and Justice For All

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Sometimes I think too many church people (pastors included) are too critical of the United States. Perhaps we do not often enough introduce our criticisms by a prefatory paragraph that tells how thankful we are for citizenship in this country. We can improve at that point, and Ihope we will. Life is good in this country; we do a disservice by leaving others with the impression that we do not appreciate it.

Followers of Jesus should be aware that liberty and justice are profound biblical concepts. “…what does the Lord require of you but that you are to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your Lord.” (Micah 6:8) The people of God are made to be free and just. On one level, we are made free and just through faith in Jesus. On another level, we are charged to create and maintain a free and just human society. It is on that level that our American heritage calls us both to serve in and commit ourselves to the fulfillment of liberty and justice for all.

Our High School group has been actively engaged in the inner city of Chicago this week, in pursuit of the mission God casts on the 4th of July. They have sought to offer kindness, and justice to the poor and those left behind economically. Keep them in your prayers that they might continue to serve with a courageous faith. On Sunday in worship, they will share testimonies about what the pursuit of justice in Jesus’ name meant for them this week. They will also share what the interactions they have had this week with the risen Jesus will mean for their futures and ours.

Fourth of July blessings to each of you!

Still in One Peace,

David J. Jensen

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