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Awareness is the first step towards doing justice.

I was talking to a friend today about people who don’t know how to respond to issues of injustice, specifically sex trafficking. I have had this conversation many times. This conversation is also what caused us to start Steps of Justice. The best answer I can come up with right now is to pray and become aware.

In Romans, Paul say’s “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?¬†In order for people to call upon Jesus they needed to know Him, to become aware of who He is and what He offers. This is the same with issues of injustice, we can’t respond to issues like sex trafficking if we are not aware of what is going on in the world.

My encouragement to you, spend some time this summer becoming aware of an injustice issue that you know about. Do this though watching a documentary on an issue, streaming a TED talk, or reading a book by a justice advocate. Becoming aware of injustice issues has opened my eyes and broken my heart for the world. It has made room for the Holy Spirit to come in and guide me on how to respond.

Here are a few books that can point you in the right direction:

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson on the american prison system and African Americans.
  • Overrated by Eugene Cho on how the Church can respond to injustice.
  • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd on sex trafficking in the USA and globally
  • Rethinking Social Justice by Darrow Miller on responding to injustice as the church.

Written by Phil Cunningham.

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